Dr. Erin D. Chapman is Associate Professor of History at George Washington University in Washington, DC. She holds an AB in History from Stanford University and an MA and PhD in African American Studies and History from Yale University. Dr. Chapman is a scholar of race in U.S. culture and an historian of gender politics and radicalism in the 20th century black freedom movement. Her research has been supported by the Ford Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, the American Association of University Women, the Schlesinger Library at Harvard University, and the American Council of Learned Societies.
Dr. Chapman is the author of Prove It On Me: New Negroes, Sex and Popular Culture in the 1920s (Oxford UP, 2012) and a range of book chapters and articles. These include a chapter on the New Negro Renaissance in Keywords for African American Studies (New York UP, 2018); and “Staging Gendered Radicalism at the Height of the U.S. Cold War: A Raisin in the Sun and Lorraine Hansberry’s Vision of Freedom,” published in the August 2017 issue of Gender & History. She is currently drafting a biography of Lorraine Hansberry to be published by Oxford University Press.
Dr. Chapman serves the academy at large as President of the Board of Trustees of the Journal of Women’s History. At George Washington University, she serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the Program in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Dr. Chapman teaches survey courses in African American history and graduate and undergraduate seminars on African American historiography, African American historical biography, the history of slavery and its legacies, and black radicalism.