Upcoming Presentations

Professor Ragsdale's interview with WRFG's "The Progressive News Hour"
Visit BlackTownsProject.com to listen online.

2013 - Specific Time TBA
Dissertation Defense
Rice University

Recent Presentations

2012 SAWH Conference
Friday, June 8, 2012
2:30 - 4:30pm
Facilitating Freedom: Women, Gender, and Black Town Movement in the United States
Texas Christian University

Tuesday, Feb 22, 2011
10am - 11am
Black History Month Lecture: "Poison in the Well: Environmental Racism and African American Migration"
University of Houston
Cullen Building - Room 104

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Rice University, Houston, TX
Ph.D. (ABD) 2007 - 2014
Ph.D. Candidate in Southern History 2007
Major Professor: Dr. John Boles
Fields: Southern History, African American History, Sociology
Certificate in Study of Women, Gender, and Sexualities

Rice University, Houston, TX
M.A. in Southern History 2007
Completed Fall, 2007; Conferred December 2007
*Passed Comprehensive Exams with Distinction

University of North Texas, Denton, TX
M.S. in American History 2005
Areas of Concentration: Southern History, African-American History
Thesis: "A Place To Call Home: A Study of the Self-Segregated
Community of Tatums, Oklahoma, 1894-1970."

Texas Woman's University, Denton, TX
B.A. in History w/Honors 2001
Major: History
Minors: Sociology and Government


International Faculty Opportunities - Houston, Texas
Social & International Issues Consultant, 2012 - Present
Government Policies, Technology Trends,
Consumerism, Historical Context

The Black Towns Project Archive and Reading Room
Director, 2014 - Present

The Black Towns Project
Director, 2007 - Present

Lone Star College System, Houston, TX
Associate Professor of History, 2010 - 2015
U.S. History to 1877 and U.S. History since 1877
Humanities - Online, Hybrid, and Face to Face Classes; Course Design

Lone Star College - North Harris, Houston, TX
Faculty-Fellow: Trainer and Mentor, 2013 - 2014
Learning Management System Transition

Lone Star College System, Houston, TX
Faculty-Designed Online Teaching Certificate
and Faculty Mentoring Program, 2012 - 2013

Lone Star College System - North Harris, Houston, TX
Lead Faculty - Greenspoint and Victory Centers, 2012 - 2013
U.S. History and U.S. Government, Humanities,
Foreign Languages, Philosophy

Rice University, Houston, TX
Lecturer of Sociology, Fall 2010
American Protest: U.S Social Movements of the 19th and 20th Centuries

Lone Star College System, Houston, TX
Adjunct Instructor of History, 2008 - 2010
Teaching both U.S. History to 1877 and since 1877

University of St. Thomas, Houston, TX
Adjunct Instructory of History, Spring, 2009
Taught U.S. History since 1877

Rice University, Houston, TX
Grad Barrel Coordinator, 2008 - 2009
Elected graduated representative, coordinated all activities for professional development series

Center for Study of Women, Gender, and Sexualities, Houston, TX
Graduate Assistant, 2008 - 2009
Provides general administrative assistance.

Intercultural Training Seminars, Houston, TX
Cultural Resource Consultant (Training Specialist), 2008 - 2009
Training individuals and groups from foreign nations residing in the United States on various aspects of American cultural and political history

Rice University, Houston, TX
Research Assistant - Dr. John B. Boles, 2007-2008
Fact checking collection of essays on Thomas Jefferson.

Journal of Southern History
Editing Assistant, 2005-2007
Fact check submissions to the Journal, submit Book Notes for publication
Editorial Intern - Southern Historical Association 2006

University of North Texas, Denton, TX
Teaching and Research Assistant 2004-2005
Worked in various related capacities for Department of History, History Center, and History Library. Served as tutor and proctor for department. Held Teaching Assistant positions for both Texas and U.S. history survey courses.

Gainesville Independent School District, Gainesville, TX
Special Education Teacher & TOT (Trainer of Teachers) 2003-2004
Taught K-5th grade children with emotional and behavior disabilities in self-contained classroom; Assisted in education of Texas State Behavior Initiative

Denton High School, Denton, TX
Content Mastery Center Aug. 2002 - May 2003
Assist high school students with learning and emotional disabilities in their successful completion of high school.


Pre-Paid Legal; Albq, NM; Ventura, CA, 1997 - 99
• Group Training Manager 1997 - 99, Regional Vice President 1998 - 99
• Created and implemented training programs and assessments
• Designed targeted marketing programs and leadership systems
• Held one-on-one and large, group training sessions in several cities across
the United States

Harris Publishing, Corporate Training Manager, Albq, NM, 1995 - 96
• Responsible for hiring and training 10-15 new employees each week,
monitoring their progress through training program
• Oversee ongoing trainings and new employee recruitment

Computer Options, Ada, OK, 1992 - 94
• Office and Sales Manager, supervise all employees, handle accounts
payable and receivable, oversee advertising, implement marketing
programs, inventory control, public training

Los Angeles Times, Ventura County Edition, 1990 - 91
• Consumer marketing, direct client sales

  • Lone Star College- North Harris, Adjunct Faculty Excellence Award, 2010
  • PhD Fellowship, Rice University, Southern History, 2005–2010
  • Outstanding Thesis on Oklahoma History, Oklahoma Historical Society, 2005
  • Outstanding Transfer Student Scholarship, Texas Woman’s University, 2001
  • Paul Young Scholarship, Texas Woman’s University, 2001-2002

"The Black Elite, the Black Middle Class, and Social Class in the South," in New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, eds. Larry J. Griffin and Peggy G. Hargis (Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 2012)

"John Humphrey Noyes, 1811-1886," in The Dictionary of Early American Philosophers, ed. John Shook (New York: Continuum, 2011).

Selected Online Publications
"Preparing for Comprehensive Exams" Online Mentoring Toolkit
Southern Association for Women Historians, ed., Antionette G. Van Zelm,

Book Notes:
Journal of Southern History, Vol. LXXIV, No. 2
"Trumpet Records: Diamonds on Farish Street" by Mare W. Ryan

Journal of Southern History, Vol. LXXIV, No. 2
"Community Memories: A Glimpse of African American Life in Frankfort, Kentucky," Winona Floetcher and Sheila Mason Burton, eds.

Journal of Southern History
, Vol. LXXII, No. 4
"Race Work: The Rise of the Civil Rights in the Urban West" by Matthew

Journal of Southern History
, Vol. LXXII, No. 4
"South of Main," edited and compiled by Beatrice Hill and Brenda Lee

Journal of Southern History, Vol. LXIII, No. 2
"Fleeing for Freedom: Stories of the Underground Railroad as Told by Levi
Coffin and William Still," edited by George Hendrick and Willene

Contributing Writer for Southwest Blues Magazine, since 2000
(Selected Titles)
• "The Mother and the Empress: The Story of Ma Rainey and Bessie
• "The Devil and the Blues"
• "The History of the Harmonica"
• "Black Towns and the Blues"


  • "Facilitating Freedom: Women, Gender, and Black Town Movement in the United States" - Ninth Southern Conference on Women's History, Southern Assocation for Women Historians - Texas Christian University, Forth Worth, Texas, June 7-9, 2012
  • "Fast and Furious: MiniTerms and Condensed Courses" - Lone Star College - Victory Center, April 20, 2012
  • "Social Media and Technology in Modern Protest," 21st Century Revolution: Egypt's Fight for Freedom - Lone Star College Honors Symposium, Houston, Texas, April 2011
  • "Poison in the Well: Environmental Racism and African American Migration," African American History Month Lecture, University of Houston, Houston, Texas, February 2011
  • Guest Panelist, Town Hall Meeting and Documentary Premier Raising Boys (Moody Entertainment), Houston, Texas, January 9, 2010
  • "In the Classroom: Easy Tech Resources" Lone Star College, Houston, TX 2009
  • "Another Way Out: The Black Town Movement, 1870s-1920s" 75th Annual Meeting, Southern Historical Association, Louisville, Kentucky, 2009
  • "Making Your Graduate School Experience Successful" Eighth Southern Conference on Women's History, Southern Association for Women Historians - University of South Carolina, Colombia, South Carolina, 2009
  • "Resistance: African-American Style," Lone Star College: Greenspoint, February 3, 2009; Carver, February 11, 2009; North Harris, Houston, Texas, February 18, 2009.
  • "Sex is Work: Scholarship and Historiography in a Moralized Industry" presented at Rice University, CSWGS Graduate Symposium "Bodies of Work/Agents of Change: Interdisciplinary Interventions in the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality," Houston, Texas, April 19, 2008
  • "Another Way Out: The Black Town Movement, 1870-1920" presented at University of Alabama, Race and Place in the American South Conference, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, April 10-12, 2008.
  • "From Chains to Change: African-American Women's Roles in Building Community in Cooke County, Texas, 1860-1880" presented at the Texas State Historical Association 110th Annual Meeting, Austin, Texas, March 4, 2006.
  • "Strange Bedfellows: The Oklahoma Black Towns and the Klan in the 1920s," presented at the North Texas Regional Conference of Phi Alpha Theta, Denton, Texas, April 17, 2004. Awarded Outstanding Presentation in U.S. History.
  • "The History of the Mouth Harp," presented as the keynote speaker for the Harmonica Organization of Texas, Dallas, Texas, September 14, 2000.
  • "Sex and Sacrifice: A Tri-Cultural Glance into Ancient Life," presented at Texas Woman's University Third Annual Student Research and Creative Arts Symposium, Denton, Texas, April 5-6, 2000.


MythHunters: An Interactive Online History Course



Online Course Resources


Lone Star College System - Learning Management System Evaluation Committee
Committee Member, 2012-Present

Center for Diversity Studies, LSC - North Harris
Chair, Learning Cohort and Marketing, 2011- 2012

Lone Star College - North Harris Department of History
Course Designer, 2011-Present
Created, edited, and maintained master course templates for use by full and part-time faculty teaching HIST 1301: U.S. History to 1877 and HIST 1302: U.S. History since 1877. Multi-media courses are adaptable for use with face-to-face, hybrid, and online courses in miniterms, summer sessions, or full semesters.

Center for Diversity Studies, LSC - North Harris
Steering Committee, 2010- Present

The Black Town Movement Project
President and Founding Member, 2008-Present

Rice University, Houston, TX
Grad Barrell Coordinator, 2008-2009
Elected graduated representative position coordinating all activities for a series of professional development workshops.


  • Southern Historical Association
  • Southern Association for Women Historians
  • Phi Alpha Theta
  • Texas State Historical Association
  • Oklahoma Historical Society
  • Urban History Association
  • Western Historical Association
  • Society for Utopian Studies