Celia E. Naylor

Associate Professor of History and Africana Studies

Selected Publications

African Cherokees in Indian Territory: From Chattel to Citizens (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press 2008, John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Culture).

“‘Playing Indian’?: The Selection of Radmilla Cody as Miss Navajo Nation 1997-1998.” In Crossing Waters, Crossing Worlds: The African Diaspora in Indian Country. Eds. Tiya A. Miles and Sharon P. Holland. Durham: Duke University Press, 2006, 224-248.

“Rethinking Race and Culture in the Early South,” Ethnohistory 53:2 (Spring 2006): 399-405 [co-authored with Claudio Saunt, Barbara Krauthamer, Tiya A. Miles, and Circe Sturm].

“African Americans in Indian Societies.” In Handbook of North American Indians, vol. 14 Southeast. Volume Ed. Raymond Fogelson. Washington D.C.: Smithsonian Institution, 2004, 753-759 [co-authored with Tiya A. Miles].

“‘Born and Raised among These People, I Don’t Want to Know Any Other’: Slaves’ Acculturation in Nineteenth-Century Indian Territory.” In Confounding the Color Line: The Indian-Black Experience in North America. Ed. James F. Brooks. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2002, 161-191.

Academic Focus: 

Introduction to the African Diaspora
Introduction to African-American History
Remembering Slavery: Critiquing Modern Representations of the Peculiar Institution
Slave Resistance in the United States: From the Colonial Era to the Civil War (Africana Studies)
Black Feminism(s)/Womanism(s) and “Black Sexual Politics” in Contemporary U.S. Popular Culture (Africana Studies)

Awards & Honors: 

Dartmouth College, Jack E. Thomas 1974 Family Fellowship, 2008-2009.

Dartmouth College, John M. Manley Huntington Teaching Award for Newly Tenured Faculty, July 2008.

Dartmouth College, Professor Arthur M. Wilson and Mary Tolford Wilson Faculty Research Fellowship, 2005-2006. 

Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellowship, Alternate, 2005-2006.

Dartmouth College, Nelson A. Rockefeller Center Research Scholars Program, 2004-2006.

Duke University, University Endowment Fellowship, 1990-1993.

UCLA, Institute of American Cultures and Ford Foundation Research Grant, 1989.

UCLA, Afro-American Studies Program for Interdisciplinary Research Grant, 1989.

UCLA, University Fellowship, 1988-1990.

UCLA, Graduate Opportunity Fellowship, 1988-1990.

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Presentations / Recent Lectures: 

407 Lehman

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B.A., Cornell University, Summa Cum Laude, 1988 (in Africana Studies with a concentration in Women's Studies) 
M.A., UCLA, 1990 (in Afro-American Studies)
M.A., Duke University, 1993 (History)
Ph.D., Duke University, 2001 (History)

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In the News

University of North Carolina Press author Celia Naylor provides historical context for the current debates surrounding the Cherokee freedmen. Naylor is the author of African Cherokees in Indian Territory: From Chattel to Citizens, which examines the intricate and emotionally charged history of Cherokee freedpeople.