Marsha E. Barrett

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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


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

Courses Taught

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

Honors & Awards

2019 American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship
2015-2017 Summer Institute on Tenure and Professional Advancement Fellowship, Duke University
2014 Dixon Ryan Fox Manuscript Prize, New York State Historical Association

Recent Publications

Barrett, M. E. (2019). ‘Both Parties Hedging’: Reassessing Party Loyalty Among Black New York Voters, 1952-1961. Afro-Americans in New York Life and History, 40(2), 7-51.

Barrett, M. (2016). My First Year on the Tenure Track. Perspectives on History, 1-2.

Barrett, M. E., Geismer, L., Phillips-Fein, K., & Good, C. (2016). What is the State of American Political History? Process: a blog for american history.

Barrett, M. E. (2014, Jan). Nelson Rockefeller, racial politics, and the undoing of moderate Republicanism. Rutgers University.

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  • 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.