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Department of History


Myisha S. Eatmon

Title: Assistant Professor
Department: History
College of Arts and Sciences
Office: Gambrell Hall, Room 214
Resources: Curriculum Vitae
myisha eatmon


B.A. University of Notre Dame
M.A. Northwestern University
Ph.D. Northwestern University, November 2019.


Professor Myisha S. Eatmon is a Chapel Hill, North Carolina native who joined the History Department in 2019 as a Research Fellow.  Dr. Eatmon began on the tenure track as an Assistant Professor in Fall 2020. Dr. Eatmon received her B.A. in Political Science and History from the University of Notre Dame. She also holds an M.A. in United States history and a Ph.D. in United States, African American, and legal history from Northwestern University.  

Dr. Eatmon is currently revising her dissertation, titled Public Wrongs, Private Rights: African Americans, Private Law, and White Violence during Jim Crow. Professor Eatmon’s dissertation and future book explore how Black people challenged white violence during Jim Crow. Her manuscript-in-progress also examines the crystallization of what she has coined “Black legal culture” under Jim Crow and the meaning of legal education and networking within communities with few opportunities to earn Juris Doctorate degrees (especially under Jim Crow). 

Dr. Eatmon’s strong interest in social justice drives her research, service, and teaching, all of which focus on the ways that oppressed persons, particularly African Americans, use their legal imaginations.  

Professor Eatmon has earned numerous grants, including the College of Arts and Science’s Theme Semester Course Development Grant, the Center for Teaching Excellence’s Online Course Development Grant, the American Historical Association’s Littleton-Griswold Research in Legal History Research Grant among others. She also received the Mellon/American Council for Learned Scholars Dissertation Completion Fellowship in 2018. As a member of the American Society of Legal History, Dr. Eatmon was selected as a Kathryn T. Preyer Fellow and J. Willard Hurst Fellow through the American Society for Legal History and the University of Wisconsin School of Law.  


History 112: United States History since 1865
Honors History 112: United States History since 1865 
History 212/African American Studies 332: The Black American Experience since 1865 
History 463/African American Studies 463: Jim Crow: Histories and Revivals 

Future Courses: 
African American Legal History 
The Black American Experience through Film  


Professor Eatmon serves on Presidential Commission for University History, the History Department’s Undergraduate Committee, and the History Department’s Warwick Committee.  She is also very active in the American Society for Legal History, and she sits on the Standing Committee on the Annual Meeting. Professor Eatmon is also an active member of the Southern Historical Association and sits on the Membership Committee. Dr. Eatmon also advises undergraduate student research. Finally, Professor Eatmon is always actively engaged in sharpening her pedagogy and making history accessible for scholars, students, and the outside community. Research, scholarship, mentoring and teaching all go hand in hand. 

When not engaged in scholarly endeavors, Dr. Eatmon enjoys traveling, spending time with her family and furbabies, baking, crafting, and gardening. 


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