UB CDI Distinguished Visiting Scholar

Vanessa M. Holden

Vanessa M. Holden, Ph.D.

Vanessa M. Holden, Ph.D. 

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

  • PhD, African American and Women’s and Gender History, Rutgers University 
  • BA, History and English, Randolph-Macon Woman’s College 

Notable Award

  • University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences Promotion of Diversity and Inclusion Award

Vanessa M. Holden is an assistant professor of History and African American and Africana Studies at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Holden’s current book project, tentatively titled, Surviving Southampton: Gender and Community the Southampton Rebellion of 1831 (University of Illinois Press), explores the contributions that African American women and children made to Nat Turner’s Rebellion. Her writing has been published in Slavery and AbolitionA Journal of Slave and Post-Slave StudiesPerspectives on History, Process: A Blog for American History, and The Rumpus. She also blogs for Black Perspectives and The Junto: A Group Blog on Early American History. She co-organizes the Queering Slavery Working Group (#QSWG) with Jessica Marie Johnson (Johns Hopkins University). Dr. Holden serves as a faculty adviser on a number of public history and digital humanities projects including: Freedom on the Move (a digital archive of runaway slave adds); Black Horsemen of the Kentucky. 

Areas of Interest/Special Expertise

Interdisciplinary projects (arts/social sciences/African American Studies); public history/digital history; queer/LGBTQ history and studies.