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K. T. Ewing, PhD


K. T. Ewing is a third generation HBCU graduate dedicated to preserving black cultural and intellectual spaces. Her research interests include African American history, women and gender studies, and the influence of blues culture in American society. Dr. Ewing is currently working on a biography examining the life of Alberta Hunter, a twentieth-century blues and cabaret singer from Memphis, Tennessee.


Phd, History, University of Memphis, 2014

MA, History, University of Memphis, 2006

BA, History, Xavier University of Louisiana, 2004

Courses Taught

Introduction to African and African American Studies, The African American Experience, Introduction to Women’s Studies, United States History II, African American History II, Black Women in the 20th Century

Research Interests

African American History, 20th Century United States History, race, class, gender, sexuality, black feminist theory, popular culture

Selected Publications

Forthcoming: “And Some of Us Are Queer: An HBCU Sankofa Story.”  In Embracing  Queer Students’ Diverse Identities at Historically Black Colleges and  Universities: A Primer for Presidents, Administrators, and Faculty , edited by Steve D. Mobley et. al. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.

Fugitive Archives: Black Women, Domestic Repositories, and Hoarding as Informal Archival Practice.”  The Black Scholar  52, no. 4 (2022): 43–52. 

Tricksters, Biographies, and Two-Faced Archives.”  Black Perspectives. African American Intellectual History Society, June 1, 2022. 

“Tennessee State University.” People’s Guide to Nashville. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2021.

Oma’s Garden: Home Archives and a Black Woman’s Interior Life.”  Black Women and the Archive. Association of Black Women Historians, February 26, 2020.

“Lil Hardin Armstrong.” Profiles of African Americans in Tennessee. Nashville: Tennessee State University Library, 2017. http://library3.tnstate.edu/library/DIGITAL/digitizing.html .

“What Kind of Woman?: Alberta Hunter and Expressions of Black Female Sexuality in the Twentieth Century.” In Black Female Sexualities, edited by Trimiko Melancon and Joanne M. Braxton. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2015.