Marsha E. Barrett

 Marsha Barrett

Contact Information

421 Gregory Hall
810 S. Wright Street
Urbana, IL 61801
Assistant Professor

Research Interests

  • United States Political History
  • Policy History
  • African American History


  • PhD, History, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • BA, History, Yale University

Distinctions / Awards


  • 2012 Research Travel Grant, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation
  • 2011 Grant-In-Aid Research Grant, Rockefeller Archive Center
  • 2010 Larry J. Hackman Research Residency Grant, New York State Archives
  • 2010 Grant-In-Aid Research Grant, Rockefeller Archive Center


  • HIST 287 African-American Women
  • HIST 293 The President and the People
  • HIST 394 Hidden Political Figures
  • HIST 488 The American Political Divide

Selected Publications

Website Articles

Barrett, Marsha E, Lily Geismer, Kimberly Phillips-Fein, and Cassandra Good What is the State of American Political History? Process: a blog for american history 2016.

Journal Articles

'Both Parties Hedging': Reassessing Party Loyalty Among Black New York Voters, 1952-1961 Afro-Americans in New York Life and History 40 2 2019, p. 7-51.
  • University of Illinois history professor Marsha Barrett is the recipient of a 2019 fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies. er ACLS Fellowship will support work on a book about Nelson Rockefeller, in which she examines his career as New York’s governor to contextualize the decline of centrism and moderation in U.S. politics.