Dr. Daina Ramey Berry

Associate Professor of History, University of Texas at Austin

Swing the Sickle for the Harvest is Ripe, by Dr. Daina Ramey Berry

Welcome! As a scholar of American slavery, Professor Berry teaches courses at the University of Texas at Austin in the Departments of History and African and African Diaspora Studies. In addition to her university teaching, she is committed to educating a wider audience by serving as a consultant for documentary films, genealogical research, museum exhibits and K-12 public programing. Dr. Berry chairs and serves on MA and Ph.D. student committees and teaches courses in 19th Century United States, African American, and African Diaspora history. She remains actively involved in scholarly conferences as well. In 2011 she hosted two conferences with Professor Leslie Harris (Emory University), "Sexuality and Slavery" and "Slavery and Freedom in Savannah." Please check this site for updates on Dr. Berry's Schedule and speaking engagements. Thank you for visiting our site.

Daina Ramey Berry Wins NEH Fellowship for research on social, economic history of slavery in the U.S.

Daina Ramey Berry, associate professor in the departments of History and African and African Diaspora Studies, has been awarded a $50,400 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) fellowship for her research on the social and economic history of slavery in the United States.

Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the NEH supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation.

“The National Endowment for the Humanities is proud to fund the nation’s finest humanities projects,” says NEH Deputy Chairman Carole Watson.

The funding will support her book project titled “The Value of Human Chattel from Preconception to Postmortem,” which explores public and private market transactions and appraisals of enslaved people in the American domestic market from preconception to postmortem. A scholar of American slavery, Berry teaches courses in 19th-century United States, African American, and African Diaspora history.

In addition to her university teaching, she is committed to educating a wider audience by serving as a consultant for documentary films, genealogical research, museum exhibits and K-12 public programing. Visit her website for more about her work.

Daina Ramey Berry, Editor receives ALA’s 2013 Outstanding Reference Award

The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of American Library Association has named Enslaved Women in America: An Encyclopedia (Greenwood Press, 2012), co-edited by Profs. Daina Ramey Berry and Deleso A. Alford, to the 2013 Outstanding Reference Sources List.

Book Cover of Enslaved Women in America co-edited by Daina Ramey Berry

Enslaved Women in America: An Encyclopedia "provides an authoritative account of the daily lives of enslaved women in the United States, from colonial times to emancipation following the Civil War. Through essays, photos, and primary source documents, the female experience is explored, and women are depicted as central, rather than marginal, figures in history."

The Outstanding Reference Sources Committee was established in 1958 to recommend the most outstanding reference publications for small and medium-sized public and academic libraries. The selected titles are valuable reference resources, and are highly recommended for inclusion in any library’s collection.

"I am so pleased to receive this award from the Reference and Users Services Association" said Prof. Berry. "This project took six years to complete and I was fortunate to work with more than 75 scholars from universities in the US, Canada, England, and New Zealand.  It was an honor to publish essays from scholars at every rank and from a variety of institutions. Being recognized as a Outstanding Reference Source is a compliment to all of those who contributed to this encyclopedia."

The RUSA represents librarians and library staff in the fields of reference, specialized reference, collection development, readers’ advisory and resource sharing. RUSA is the foremost organization of reference and information professionals who make the connections between people and the information sources, services, and collection materials they need.

ALA Outstanding References 2013
RUSA Outstand Reference Sources List

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