Dr. Maureen Elgersman Lee is an Associate Professor of History and Chair of the Department of Political Science and History at Hampton University. She holds a bachelor’s degree in French from Redeemer University College, a master’s degree in African and African-American Studies, and a doctorate in Humanities, with a concentration in African-American Studies, both from Clark Atlanta University. She joined the Hampton University faculty in the Fall of 2013.
Dr. Elgersman Lee specializes in the history of Blacks in Canada, the British Caribbean, and the United States, and is a specialist in Black community history. She is coauthor of Richmond’s Leigh Street Armory and African American Militia (History Press); and author of Unyielding Spirits: Black Women and Slavery in Early Canada and Jamaica (Taylor and Francis), and Black Bangor: African Americans in a Maine Community, 1880-1950 (University Press of New England). For her work, Black Bangor, Dr. Elgersman Lee received the Leadership in History Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) and the “Best of the Best of the University Presses—Outstanding Title” Award from the American Library Association (ALA). She is the author of several articles, including “Remembering Our Mothers: Black Women, Slavery, and Maternal Power in Barbados and Jamaica,” in Eric Montgomery, ed., Shackled Sentiments: Slaves, Spirits, and Memory in the African Diaspora (Lexington Books); “‘What They Lack in Numbers: Locating Black Portland, 1870-1930” in Joseph A. Conforti, ed., Creating
Portland: History and Place in Northern New England (University Press of New England); and “Slavery in Early Canada: Making Black Women Subject,” in Mona Gleason and Adele Perry, ed., Rethinking Canada: The Promise of Women’s History, 5th ed. (Oxford University Press).
At Hampton, Dr. Elgersman Lee teaches American and African-American history surveys, upper-level courses in Africana women’s history, American social and intellectual history, as well as topics courses in the history and culture of Canada and Caribbean.