Erica Armstrong Dunbar is an Associate Professor of History with joint appointments in Black American Studies and Women's Studies. She received her BA from the University of Pennsylvania and her MA and Ph.D. From Columbia University. Her first book, A Fragile Freedom: African American Women and Emancipation in the Antebellum City (Yale University Press 2008) has positioned her as a scholar of early African American Women's history. She has recently participated in several documentaries such as "Philadelphia the Great Experiment" and an upcoming episode of the "American Experience" on PBS. In 2011, Professor Armstrong Dunbar was appointed the first director of the Program in African American History at the Library Company of Philadelphia. She has been the recipient of Ford, Mellon, and SSRC fellowships and most recently has been named an Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer. Professor Dunbar's newest book project is entitled,"Never Caught: the Life of Ona Judge Staines."
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