Cheryl Hicks, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Garinger 210

Department of History

Recent Publications

  • Cheryl D. Hicks. Talk With You Like a Woman: African American Women, Justice, and Reform in New York, 1890-1935(under contract with University of North Carolina Press, expected release December 2010) – 2007 Dixon Ryan Fox Manuscript Prize.
  • Cheryl D. Hicks. “`Bright and Good Looking Colored Girl’: Black Women’s Sexuality and “Harmful Intimacy” in Early Twentieth-Century New York,” in special issue of the Journal of the History of Sexuality,” Vol.18, No.3 (September 2009): 418-456 (2009 Letitia Woods Brown Memorial Book Award).
  •  “`In Danger of Becoming Morally Depraved’: Single Black Women, Working-Class Black Families, and New York State’s Wayward Minor Law, 1917-1928,” University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Vol. 151, No. 6 (June 2003): 2077-2121.
  • “New York State Reformatory for Women at Bedford Hills,” In Encyclopedia of Women and Crime, Nicole Hahn Rafter, editor (Arizona: Oryx Press, 2000).

Research Interests

Late nineteenth and twentieth-century African American and American history. Urban, gender, and civil rights history

Courses Taught

  • HIST 2161 African American History from 1865-Present
  • HIST 2100 Quest for Racial Justice in Twentieth-Century America
  • HIST 2000 African American Music: History and Culture
  • HIST 2000 African American Women’s History from 1865-Present (Fall 2008)
  • HIST 6000 U.S. Colloquium II (Fall 2008)
  • HIST 1161 US History II
  • HIST 4600 (undergraduate)/5000 (graduate) – Race and Gender in Urban America
  • HIST 6894 – Readings in History (U.S. Women’s History – Exploring Gender, Race, Class and Activism)
  • LBST 2101 – Western History and Culture


Ph.D., Princeton University, 1999.

Current Project

My next project will focus on interracial intimacy and civil rights in turn-of-the-century New York.