Hannah Rosen received a B.A. from Cornell University and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Her research and teaching have focused on the social and cultural history of the nineteenth-century United States, and particularly on African Americans and the intersection of race and gender in histories of slavery, emancipation, and postemancipation society. She is the author of Terror in the Heart of Freedom: Citizenship, Sexual Violence, and the Meaning of Race in the Postemancipation South (UNC Press, 2009, recipient of the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians First Book Prize, the Avery O. Craven Award from the Organization of American Historians, and the Willie Lee Rose Prize from the Southern Association of Women's Historians). Her current research treats African American experiences surrounding death and mourning during and after the Civil War and the increasing segregation of southern cemeteries in the postemancipation period. She is also exploring historical memory and commemoration through black women's efforts to reclaim and restore African American burial sites.
Before joining the faculty at William & Mary, Rosen taught at the University of Michigan in the Program in American Culture (courses on the Civil War and Reconstruction, slavery and emancipation, and citizenship) and the Women’s Studies Program (courses on feminist theory and the history of sexuality). At William & Mary, Rosen’s teaching will focus on African American history and on interdisciplinary approaches to studying race.