Professor Shane White
Challis Professor of American History
Australian Research Council Professorial Fellow, 2011-2015
Room 844 Brennan Building
+61 2 9351 2858
I have been either a student or a teacher in the History Department here, continuously, since I was seventeen years of age, and as you can tell from the accompanying photograph, that was some time ago. I try to read broadly in American history, but my main research interests are in African American history and in the history of New York City.
- African American History
[with Stephen Garton, Stephen Robertson & Graham White]
Playing the Numbers: Gambling in Harlem Between the Wars
(Harvard University Press, 2010)
Winner of the 2011 NSW Premier's History Awards, General History Prize
[with Graham White]
The Sounds of Slavery: Discovering African American History through Songs, Sermons and Speech (Boston: The Beacon Press, 2005).
Winner of the 2005 Queensland Premier's History Book Prize
Stories of Freedom in Black New York (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2002).
Co-Winner of the 2003 James A. Rawley Prize, Sponsored by the Organization of American Historians
Winner of the 2002 Dixon Ryan Fox Prize of the New York State Historical Association
Runner-up, Queensland Premier's History Book Prize
[with Graham White]
Stylin': African-American Expressive Culture From Its Beginnings to the Zoot Suit
(Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1998). Paperback edition 1999.
Winner of the 1998 John Cawelti Book Award, given by the American Culture Association
Honorable Mention, Frederick Douglass Book Prize, given by the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition
Runner-up, 1999 New South Wales Premier's History Awards Prize for General History
Somewhat More Independent: The End of Slavery in New York City, 1770-1810
(Athens and London: University of Georgia Press, 1991). Paperback edition 1995.
Choice Magazine Outstanding Academic Book for 1992
- I supervise theses in American history, particularly American cultural history.
Recent PhD completions
Clare Corbould, "Making African Americans, 1919-1936." (2005)
Obelia Jane Modjeska, “Seeking Dad, Seeking Master: Patriarchal Crisis, Middle Class Masculinity and the Representation of the Father in American Cinema, 1970 to the Present.” (2004)