Vanessa M. Holden

Assistant Professor of History and African American and Africana Studies, The University of Kentucky

Dr. Holden regularly offers both graduate and undergraduate courses in American and African American History. She also offers courses in African American and Africana Studies.  Please explore the links above to learn more about her teaching and research interests.  

About Vanessa

Vanessa M. Holden is currently an Assistant Professor of History and African American and Africana Studies at the University of Kentucky. She completed her Ph.D. in African American and Women's History at Rutgers University in 2012.  Dr. Holden is currently working on a book length manuscript that argues that African American women, enslaved and free, were integral to the African American community's culture of resistance. Her work focuses on the Southampton Rebellion of 1831 (Nat Turner's Rebellion) and the participation and experiences of women before, during, and after America's most famous slave rebellion. She is also the co-organizer of the Queering Slavery Working Group (#QSWG) with Jessica M. Johnson (Johns Hopkins). Her research and teaching interests include African-American history, women's and gender history, the history of the American South, and U.S. history (pre-1865).