Professor Shane White

PhD Sydney
Challis Professor of History
Australian Research Council Professorial Fellow, 2011-2015

A18 - Brennan MacCallum Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 2858
Fax +61 2 9351 3918

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Biographical details

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.

Research interests

African American History

Teaching and supervision

I supervise theses in American history, particularly American cultural history.

Current projects

Selected grants

2013

  • The Prince of Darkness: Wall Streets First Black Millionaire; White S; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2012

  • Global Sensibilities – The New History of Ideas; Blanshard A, Caine B, Celermajer D, Ferng J, Fitzmaurice A, Gatens M, Harmon C, Johnson M, Milam J, Sluga G, White S; Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences/FASS Collaborative Research Scheme.

2011

  • Year of the Riot: Harlem, 1935; White S, Robertson S, Garton S; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2010

  • The Environmental Humanities Group; McCalman I, Bashford A, White S, McCreery C, Gibbs M, Schlosberg D, Celermajer D, Philp J, Robertson S, Fitzmaurice A, Giles P, Marks P, Hardie M, Smith V, Alt C, Race K, Allon F; Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences/FASS Collaborative Research Scheme.
  • Year of the Riot: Harlem, 1935; White S; DVC Research/Bridging Support Grant.

2006

  • The Making of Black Manhattan; White S; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2003

  • Black Metropolis: Harlem 1915-1930; White G, Garton S, Robertson S, White S; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2002

  • Everyday life in Harlem, 1915-1930.; White S; DVC Research/Research and Development Scheme: Research and Development (R&D).

2000

  • Sound and African American culture before the Civil War; White S, White G; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Large Research Grants (LRG).

Selected publications & creative works

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Books

  • White, S., Garton, S., Robertson, S., White, G. (2010). Playing the Numbers: Gambling in Harlem Between the Wars. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press.
  • White, S., White, G. (2005). The Sounds of Slavery: Discovering African American History through Songs, Sermons and Speech. Boston: Beacon Press.
  • White, S. (2002). Stories of Freedom in Black New York. United States: Harvard University Press.

Book Chapters

  • White, S., Garton, S., Robertson, S., White, G. (2011). The Black Eagle of Harlem. In W. Fitzhugh Brundage (Eds.), Beyond Blackface: African Americans and the Creation of American Popular Culture, 1890-1930, (pp. 291-314). Chapel Hill, USA: University of North Carolina Press.
  • White, S., Garton, S., Robertson, S., White, G. (2008). The Envelope, Please. In James W. Cook, Lawrence B. Glickman & Michael O'Malley (Eds.), The Cultural Turn in U.S. History: Past, Present, and Future, (pp. 121-151). Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press.
  • White, S. (2005). Black Life in Freedom: Creating a Popular Culture. In Berlin, I and Harris, L (Eds.), Slavery in New York, (pp. 149-180). New York: The New Press.
  • White, S., White, G. (2004). Listening to Southern Slavery. In Mark Michael Smith (Eds.), Hearing History: A Reader, (pp. 247-266). USA: University of Georgia Press.

Journals

  • White, S. (2014). The Gold Diggers of 1833: African American Dreams, Fortune-Telling, Treasure-Seeking, and Policy in Antebellum New York City. Journal Of Social History, 47(3), 673-695. [More Information]
  • Robertson, S., White, S., Garton, S. (2013). Harlem in Black and White: Mapping Race and Place in the 1920s. Journal of Urban History, 39(5), 864-880. [More Information]
  • Robertson, S., White, S., Garton, S., White, G. (2012). Disorderly Houses: Residences, Privacy, and the Surveillance of Sexuality in 1920s Harlem. Journal of the History of Sexuality, 21(3), 443-466. [More Information]
  • Robertson, S., White, S., Garton, S., White, G. (2010). This Harlem Life: Black Families and Everyday Life in the 1920s and 1930s. Journal Of Social History, 44(1), 97-122. [More Information]
  • White, S. (2008). Staging Freedom in Black New York, 1820-1840. North American Studies Bernard Bailyn Lecture, 13, 1-26.
  • White, S. (2005). Landon Carter and His Slaves. Australasian Journal of American Studies (AJAS), 24(1), 78-82.
  • White, S. (2004). ''Bring On Da Noise, Bring On Da Funk'': The Sounds Of Slavery In Richmond Virginia In 1850S'. Arts: the Proceedings of the Sydney University Arts Association, 26, 30-50.
  • White, S. (2003). Founding Others. Common-Place, 3(4).
  • White, S. (2003). Slavery in the North. Magazine of History, 17(3), 17-21.
  • White, G., White, S. (2001). Hearing Slavery: Recovering the role of sound in African American slave culture. Common-Place, 1, 1-7.

Original Creative Work

  • Robertson, S., Garton, S., White, S., White, G. (2010). Digital Harlem Blog: News and analysis of the web site 'Digital Harlem: Everyday Life, 1915-1930'. Digital Harlem: Everyday Life 1915-1930, 2010, (pp. January 2010 - December 2010). Sydney, Australia: Arts eResearch, University of Sydney.

Recorded / Rendered

  • White, S., White, G., Robertson, S., Garton, S. (2010). Digital Harlem 1915-1930, Australia.

2014

  • White, S. (2014). The Gold Diggers of 1833: African American Dreams, Fortune-Telling, Treasure-Seeking, and Policy in Antebellum New York City. Journal Of Social History, 47(3), 673-695. [More Information]

2013

  • Robertson, S., White, S., Garton, S. (2013). Harlem in Black and White: Mapping Race and Place in the 1920s. Journal of Urban History, 39(5), 864-880. [More Information]

2012

  • Robertson, S., White, S., Garton, S., White, G. (2012). Disorderly Houses: Residences, Privacy, and the Surveillance of Sexuality in 1920s Harlem. Journal of the History of Sexuality, 21(3), 443-466. [More Information]

2011

  • White, S., Garton, S., Robertson, S., White, G. (2011). The Black Eagle of Harlem. In W. Fitzhugh Brundage (Eds.), Beyond Blackface: African Americans and the Creation of American Popular Culture, 1890-1930, (pp. 291-314). Chapel Hill, USA: University of North Carolina Press.

2010

  • White, S., White, G., Robertson, S., Garton, S. (2010). Digital Harlem 1915-1930, Australia.
  • Robertson, S., Garton, S., White, S., White, G. (2010). Digital Harlem Blog: News and analysis of the web site 'Digital Harlem: Everyday Life, 1915-1930'. Digital Harlem: Everyday Life 1915-1930, 2010, (pp. January 2010 - December 2010). Sydney, Australia: Arts eResearch, University of Sydney.
  • White, S., Garton, S., Robertson, S., White, G. (2010). Playing the Numbers: Gambling in Harlem Between the Wars. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press.
  • Robertson, S., White, S., Garton, S., White, G. (2010). This Harlem Life: Black Families and Everyday Life in the 1920s and 1930s. Journal Of Social History, 44(1), 97-122. [More Information]

2008

  • White, S. (2008). Staging Freedom in Black New York, 1820-1840. North American Studies Bernard Bailyn Lecture, 13, 1-26.
  • White, S., Garton, S., Robertson, S., White, G. (2008). The Envelope, Please. In James W. Cook, Lawrence B. Glickman & Michael O'Malley (Eds.), The Cultural Turn in U.S. History: Past, Present, and Future, (pp. 121-151). Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press.

2005

  • White, S. (2005). Black Life in Freedom: Creating a Popular Culture. In Berlin, I and Harris, L (Eds.), Slavery in New York, (pp. 149-180). New York: The New Press.
  • White, S. (2005). Landon Carter and His Slaves. Australasian Journal of American Studies (AJAS), 24(1), 78-82.
  • White, S., White, G. (2005). The Sounds of Slavery: Discovering African American History through Songs, Sermons and Speech. Boston: Beacon Press.

2004

  • White, S. (2004). ''Bring On Da Noise, Bring On Da Funk'': The Sounds Of Slavery In Richmond Virginia In 1850S'. Arts: the Proceedings of the Sydney University Arts Association, 26, 30-50.
  • White, S., White, G. (2004). Listening to Southern Slavery. In Mark Michael Smith (Eds.), Hearing History: A Reader, (pp. 247-266). USA: University of Georgia Press.

2003

  • White, S. (2003). Founding Others. Common-Place, 3(4).
  • White, S. (2003). Slavery in the North. Magazine of History, 17(3), 17-21.

2002

  • White, S. (2002). Stories of Freedom in Black New York. United States: Harvard University Press.

2001

  • White, G., White, S. (2001). Hearing Slavery: Recovering the role of sound in African American slave culture. Common-Place, 1, 1-7.

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