Areas of Expertise
African American History, Southern History, U.S. History
Ph.D., History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2015.
M.A., History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2009.
M.A., Teaching, University of South Carolina, 2005.
B.A., Journalism and Mass Communication, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2003.
Shannon C. Eaves is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of North Florida. She specializes in nineteenth-century African American history with an emphasis on slavery, race, and gender. At UNF, she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on the Civil War and Reconstruction, African American History, American Slavery, the American South, and the Making of Modern America. She currently serves as the 2017-2018 Race and Gender Postdoctoral Fellow at Rutgers University. Her current book project Illicit Intercourse: How the Sexual Exploitation of Enslaved Women Shaped the Antebellum South moves the sexual exploitation of enslaved women from the periphery of scholarly debates on power and slavery and marks its place at the center of systems of power and culture in the Slave South. This study illustrates the processes by which rape and sexualized violence and the trauma that ensued resulted in a Rape Culture that was woven into the fabric of plantation life.
Eaves received her Ph.D. (2015) and M.A. (2010) in American History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an M.A. in Teaching (2005) from the University of South Carolina, and a B.A. (2003) in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has been awarded fellowships from the Rutgers Center for Cultural Analysis/Rutgers Department of History, Africana Research Center at Pennsylvania State University, Library Company of Philadelphia, Department of History at North Carolina State University, and UNC Graduate School, as well as research grants from UNF Office of Faculty Enhancement, Virginia Historical Society, and the Center for the Study of the American South at UNC-Chapel Hill.
Excellence in Teaching Award, UNF chapter of National Society of Leadership and Success
UNC Department of History Award for Outstanding Teaching by a Teaching Assistant, 2012
Southern Historical Association
Association for the Study of African American Life and History
African American Intellectual History Society
Association of Black Women Historians
Southern Association for Women Historians
Society for Historians of the Early American Republic
United Faculty of Florida
UNF African American Faculty and Staff Association
Grants and Contracts Awarded
Race and Gender History Postdoctoral Fellowship, Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis, Rutgers University, 2017-2018
Postdoctoral Fellowship in African American History, Africana Research Center, Pennsylvania State University, 2017-2018, declined
Postdoctoral Fellowship in African American History, Richards Civil War Era Center, Pennsylvania State University, 2017-2018, finalist
Faculty Development Grant, University of North Florida, 2017
Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Dept. of History, N.C. State University, 2015-2016, declined
UNC Graduate School Dissertation Completion Fellowship, 2014-2015
P.A.A.H. Dissertation Fellowship at the Library Company of Philadelphia, Fall 2014, declined
Virginia Historical Society Research Fellowship, Summer 2012
Center for the Study of the American South Summer Research Grant, Summer 2012
George B. Tindall Fellowship for Summer Research, Summer 2011
Center for the Study of the American South Summer Research Grant, Summer 2011
Mowry Dissertation Research Fellowship, UNC History Department, Summer 2011
Publications & Presentations
Illicit Intercourse: How the Sexual Exploitation of Enslaved Women Shaped the Antebellum South (In progress)
The Greater Part of Slaveholders Are Licentious Men: Articulating of a Sexual Exploitation Consciousness in the Antebellum South,â€ Expanding the Boundaries of Black Intellectual History (Northwestern University Press, forthcoming)
Review, Sergio A. Lussana, My Brother Slaves: Friendship, Masculinity, and Resistance in the Antebellum South (2016), Journal of American Nineteenth Century History
Concubines, Fancy Girls, and Kept Women: Exploration of Enslaved Women's Agency Within the Confines of Concubinage in the Antebellum South, Southern Labor Studies Association Annual Conference, Athens, GA, May 2018
'Regarded as Fair-looking for One of My Race': Implications of Beauty in Enslaved Communities in the Sexually Exploitive South, McNeil Center for Early American Studies Brown Bag Session, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, October 2017
'A Sad Epoch': Articulations of a Culture of Rape and Sexual Exploitation in the Antebellum South, RCHA Black Bodies Seminar Series, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, November 2017
Constructions of a Culture of Rape and Sexual Exploitation within Enslaved Communities in the Antebellum South, African American Intellectual History Society Annual Conference, Nashville, TN, March 2017
On Unstable Ground: Sexual Exploitation and the Challenges for Enslaved Men and Women's Intimate Relationships, Association for the Study of African American Life and History Annual Conference, Richmond, VA, October 2016
Sexual Exploitation Consciousness and Its Impact on Enslaved Women's Most Intimate Decisions, Society for Historians of the Early American Republic Annual Conference, New Haven, CT, July 2016
'The Men Had No Comfort With Their Wives': Enslaved Men and Masculinity in the Midst of Sexual Exploitation, Southern Historical Association Annual Conference, Little Rock, AR, November 2015
'The Men Had No Comfort With Their Wives': Enslaved Men and Masculinity in the Midst of Sexual Exploitation, Past to Present Lecture Series, University of North Florida, October 2015
'The Men Had No Comfort With Their Wives': Enslaved Men and Masculinity in the Midst of Sexual Exploitation, The Southern Labor Studies Association Annual Conference, College Park, MD, March 2015
Terms of Engagement: Considering Enslaved Women's Perceptions of Consent and Agency in the Midst of Sexually Coercive Relationships, The Association for the Study of African American Life and History Annual Conference, September 2012, Pittsburgh, PA.
Presentation of research at Virginia Historical Society Summer Research Colloquium, July 2012
History's Shadow: Slavery and Status, presentation at The Center for the Study of the American South's Loving Then and Now: The Context and Impact of a Landmark Civil Rights Opinion Conference, Spring 2012
Black Women's Activism, presentation at joint meeting of the Working Group in Feminism and History and the Triangle African American History Colloquium, March 2011