Dr. Debra Ham

Debra Newman Ham
Office Location: 
313 Holmes Hall

African-American; women; archival methods; public history

Debra Newman Ham won the 2011 Avoice award from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation for excellence in historical research.  Currently she is a Professor of History at Morgan State University  Dr. Ham served from 1986 to 1995 as the Specialist in Afro-American History and Culture in the Manuscript Division at the Library of Congress, and from 1972 to 1986 as an archivist and Black History Specialist at the National Archives.  Dr. Ham worked as the guest curator of a major Library of Congress exhibit entitled "African American Odyssey: Quest for Full Citizenship," and as the editor of the exhibit catalog of the same name (1998).

She is the senior author and editor of  The African-American Mosaic: A Guide to Black History Resources in the Library of Congress (1993) and the author of Black History: A Guide to Civilian Records in the National Archives (1984).  She also has written a number of book chapters and articles including a seventy-page "Resource Guide," Columbia University  Guide to African American History since 1960 (2006),  "Government Documents,'' in the Harvard Guide to African-American History (2001), "Jesus and Justice: Nannie Helen Burroughs and the Struggle for Civil Rights," in Humanity and Society (1988); "Black Women Workers in the Twentieth Century," in Sage: A Scholarly Journal on Black Women (1986); and "Black Women in Pennsylvania in the Era of the American Revolution," in the Journal of Negro History (1976).  Dr. Ham received her B.A. and Ph.D. from Howard and her Masters from Boston University.  Her dissertation is entitled "The Emergence of Liberian Women in the Nineteenth Century," (Howard, 1984).