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Greta de JongGreta de Jong

Associate Professor

Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, 1999

Office: Mack Social Sciences, MSS 104
Phone: (775) 784-6455

Dr. de Jong completed her bachelor's and master's degrees in New Zealand and worked as an editor for eighteen months before coming to the United States to complete a Ph.D. degree at the Pennsylvania State University. Initially planning to study diplomatic history, she switched to African American history after becoming inspired by the story of black people's struggles for freedom and justice in America. She held a fellowship at the Carter G. Woodson Institute for Afro-American and African Studies at the University of Virginia and teaching positions at George Mason University and the University of Wisconsin-Parkside before joining the UNR faculty in 2002.

Dr. de Jong's research focuses on the connections between race and class and the ways that African Americans have fought for economic as well as political rights from the end of Reconstruction through the twenty-first century. Her book, A Different Day: African American Struggles for Justice in Rural Louisiana, 1900-1970 was published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2002. She is currently working on a study of rural black southerners in the post-civil rights era.


  • HIST 293: Introduction to African American History
  • HIST 300: Historical Research and Writing
  • HIST 404C/604C: Social Movements in the United States
  • HIST 433a: The African American Freedom Struggle since Reconstruction
  • HIST 479/679 (Capstone): Race and Ethnicity in American History
  • HIST 499: Senior Seminar History
  • HIST 722: Seminar in 20th-Century U.S. History
  • HIST 724: Topical Seminar in US History
  • CH 203: The American Experience