Jane Dailey

Associate Professor of American History, the Law School, and the College
Affiliated Faculty, Center for Gender and Sexuality Studies
Faculty Affiliate, Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture
Faculty Board, Pozen Family Center for Human Rights
PhD 1995 Princeton University

Social Science Research Building, room 225A – Office
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Mailing Address

The University of Chicago
Department of History
1126 E. 59th Street, Mailbox 93
Chicago, IL 60637

Field Specialties

Modern United States social and political history, African American history, the American South, and legal history


Jane Dailey is associate professor in History, the College, and the Law School. Her first book, Before Jim Crow: The Politics of Race in Postemancipation Virginia (University of North Carolina Press, 2000), analyzed the conditions that facilitated and, ultimately, undid interracial democracy in the post–Civil War South. An edited collection (with Glenda E. Gilmore and Bryant Simon), Jumpin' Jim Crow: Southern Politics from Civil War to Civil Rights (Princeton University Press, 2000), continued the theme of African American resistance to white domination from Reconstruction through the 1950s. A third book, The Age of Jim Crow: A Norton Documentary History (Norton, 2008), examines the creation and dissolution of legal segregation in America through primary sources. The recipient of fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the American Academy in Berlin, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, Prof. Dailey is currently finishing a book on race, sex, and the civil rights movement from emancipation to the present that will be published by Harcourt. She is also writing a general history of the United States since 1877 for Bedford Books.

Prof. Dailey is a member of the editorial board for Law and History Review and the Journal of American Studies. She served as president of the Southern Association of Women Historians in 2010, and directed the Center for Gender Studies at the University of Chicago in 2009–2010. In 2011 she was appointed to the academic advisory board of the German Historical Insitute.

A graduate of Yale and Princeton, Prof. Dailey taught at Rice University and Johns Hopkins before joining the University of Chicago in 2006.


Jim Crow America: A Norton Casebook in History. New York: W. W. Norton, 2008.

"The Civil Rights Movement in the South." In Speaking Out With Many Voices: Documenting American Activism in the 1960s and 1970s, edited by Heather Ann Thompson. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentiss Hall, 2008.

"Comment on the Study of Manners and Southern History." In Manners and Southern History, edited by Ted Ownby, 137–151. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi Press, 2007.

Review of Away Down South: A History of Southern Identity by James C. Cobb. Southern Cultures (Spring 2007): 105–107.

"Fighting Hitler and Jim Crow: African Americans and World War II." The Berlin Journal (Fall 2005): 27–30.

"The Theology of Massive Resistance." In Massive Resistance, dited by Clive Webb, 151–80. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.

"Sex, Segregation, and the Sacred After Brown." Journal of American History 91, no. 1 (June 2004): 119–44.

"The Congress and White Supremacy, 1860s-1920s." In The American Congress: The Building of Democracy, edited by Julian E. Zelizer, 250–67. Boston: Houghton-Mifflin, 2004.

"Land, Labor, and Politics Across the Post-Emancipation South." Labor History 44, no. 4 (November 2003): 509–22.

"The Sexual Politics of Race in WWII America." In Mobilizing the Movement, edited by Kevin Kruse and Stephen Tuck. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.Before Jim Crow: The Politics of Race in Post-Emancipation Virginia. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2000. 

"The Limits of Liberalism in the New South: The Politics of Race, Sex, and Patronage in Virginia" and "Introduction." In Jumpin' Jim Crow​: Southern Politics from Civil War to Civil Rights, edited by Jane Dailey, Glenda Gilmore, and Bryant Simon, 3-6, 88–114. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2000.

"Deference and Violence in the Postbellum Urban South: Manners and Massacres in Danville, Virginia." Journal of Southern History 63 (August 1997): 53–90.

Op-Ed Columns

"Obama's Omission." Chicago Tribune (July 30, 2008).


Sudhir Venkatesh's Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets. Chicago Tribune (April 12, 2008).

Karolyn Smardz Frost's I've Got a Home in Glory Land: A Lost Tale of the Underground Railroad and Jacqueline L. Tobin's From Midnight to Dawn: The Last Tracks of the Underground Railroad. Chicago Tribune (March 17, 2007).

Ira Katznelson's When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of Racial Equality in Twentieth-Century America. Chicago Tribune (November 27, 2005).

Karl Fleming's Son of the Rough South: An Uncivil Memoir. Chicago Tribune (July 3, 2005).

Bryant Simon's Boardwalk of Dreams: The Fate of Urban America. Chicago Tribune (September 19, 2004).

Susan Dunn's Jefferson's Second Revolution: The Election Crisis of 1800 and the Triumph of Republicanism. Chicago Tribune (September 12, 2004).

Timothy B. Tyson's Blood Done Sign My Name. Chicago Tribune (May 30, 2004).

Steven Hahn's A Nation Under Our Feet. Chicago Tribune (February 22, 2004).