Associate Professor, Africana Studies and History, Barnard College
Celia E. Naylor is an Associate Professor in Africana Studies and History at Barnard College, Columbia University. Before joining the Barnard College faculty in 2010, she was Assistant Professor and then promoted to a tenured Associate Professor of History at Dartmouth College (2002-2010).
Professor Naylor earned her B.A. in Africana Studies (Summa Cum Laude) from Cornell University, an M.A. in Afro-American Studies from UCLA, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in History from Duke University.
At Barnard College, she teaches a number of courses (including Introduction to African-American History, Introduction to the African Diaspora, Remembering Slavery: Critiquing Modern Representations of the Peculiar Institution, and Black Feminism(s)/Womanism(s) and “Black Sexual Politics” in Contemporary U.S. Popular Culture).
Her previously published work explores the multifaceted connections between African-Americans, Black Indians and Native Americans in the U.S. She was one of the coordinators of the historic conference "'Eating Out of the Same Pot': Relating Black and Native (Hi)stories," held at Dartmouth College in April 2000. Her book, entitled African Cherokees in Indian Territory: From Chattel to Citizens, was published by the University of North Carolina Press in May 2008 (John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Culture). This work charts the experiences of enslaved and free Blacks in the Cherokee Nation from the Trail of Tears to Oklahoma’s entry into the Union in 1907. Her interests include African-American and Caribbean history; Native American history; women's history and literature in the African Diaspora; and colonialism and neocolonialism in the Americas.
Naylor is currently working on a new project centered on the Rose Hall Plantation in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The core objectives for this project are three-fold— (1) a microhistory of enslaved women’s experiences in the first decades of the nineteenth century at the Rose Hall Plantation; (2) an interdisciplinary study of the ongoing legend of the “White Witch of Rose Hall” in selected twentieth- and twenty-first-century literary and cultural contexts in order to critique the racial, gendered, and classed politics of reconstructing slavery in the modern era; and (3) a public history project that will provide the foundation for integrating information about enslaved people and slavery in the tours and materials at the Rose Hall Great House.