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Crystal Marie Moten


A.B., Washington University in Saint Louis, African and African American Studies/Anthropology
M.A., University of Wisconsin, Madison, Afro-American Studies
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison, History

Dr. Crystal M Moten is curator of African American history in the Division of Work and Industry. A south side of Chicago native, she has taught at small liberal arts colleges on the east coast and in the upper Midwest. Her research interests include the intersectional connections between African American labor, business, and civil rights history with emphasis on post-world war II Black freedom movements in the urban Midwest. 

Research Specialties: 
  • History of African American Business and Entrepreneurship
  • 20th Century African American History
  • Civil Rights and Social Movement History
  • Women’s and Gender History

Book Project:

This Woman’s Work: Black Women’s Intellectual and Economic Activism in Postwar Milwaukee (manuscript in progress)

Awards, Honors, and Special Recognition: 
  • Associated Colleges of the Midwest Mellon Faculty Fellowship
  • NerdWallet, 40 Under 40 Professors Who Inspire
  • NEH Faculty Seminar Grant
  • Consortium for Faculty Diversity Fellowship
  • Mellon-Wisconsin Dissertation Fellowship
  • Humanities Exposed! Grant, Center for the Humanities, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Advanced Opportunity Fellowship, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Professional Affiliations: 
  • African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS)
  • American Historical Association (AHA)
  • Association of Black Women Historians (ABWH)
  • Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH)
  • Berkshire Conference of Women’s Historians
  • Organization of American Historians (OAH)


“‘We’ve Been Behind the Scenes’: Fair Employment and Project Equality in 1970s Milwaukee.” In The Strange Careers of Jim Crow North edited by Jeanne Theoharis and Brian Purnell with Komozi Woodard (NYU Press, 2019).
“‘Kept Right on Fightin…’: African American Working Women’s Activism in Civil Rights Era Milwaukee.” Journal of Civil and Human Rights, 2:1.
“‘Fighting Their Own Economic Battles’: Saint Charles Lockett, Ethnic Enterprizes and the Challenges of Black Capitalism in 1970s Milwaukee.” Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society special issue on Black Women’s Labor: Economics, Culture and Politics, 18:1.