Tera W. Hunter


“Let woman's claim be as broad in the concrete as the abstract. We take our stand on the solidarity of humanity, the oneness of life, and the unnaturalness and injustice of all special favoritism, whether of sex, race, country, or condition. If one link of the chain is broken, the chain is broken.” ~Anna J. Cooper

My Expertise

Dr. Tera W. Hunter is Professor of History and African-American Studies at Princeton University. She is a scholar of labor, gender, race, and Southern history.

She is a native of Miami, Florida, where she attended public schools. She received a B.A. degree from Duke University and a Ph.D. from Yale University.


U.S. Southern History and Culture

Labor and Working-class History

American Slavery and Freedom

Gender and Women’s Studies


Bound in Wedlock: Slave and Free Black Marriage in the Nineteenth Century (The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2017). 


To ‘Joy My Freedom: Southern Black Women’s Lives and Labors After the Civil War (Harvard University Press, 1997), received several awards.

The domestic workers at the center of the book have been a source of inspiration for multi-disciplinary artistic and media projects.


She co-edited with Sandra Gunning and Michele Mitchell, Dialogues of Dispersal: Gender, Sexuality and African Diasporas (Blackwell Publishing, 2004).


She co-edited with Joe W. Trotter and Earl Lewis, African American Urban Studies: Perspectives from the Colonial Period to the Present (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004).

Bound In Wedlock

By Tera W. Hunter
New Book

Upcoming Book

Co-authoring a book with Robin D. G. Kelley and Earl Lewis: The Making of a People: A History of African-Americans (under contract, W. W. Norton Press).

Current Research Project

 “The African American Marriage Gap in the Twentieth Century.”

More Dr. Hunter

Consultant for museum exhibitions and documentary films.

Designed to help secondary school teachers and students learn new ways of thinking about American history.