Greta de Jong

Associate Professor
Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, 1999


Lincoln Hall, 218
(775) 784-6455


Fields: African American history, race and ethnicity, social movements, post-1945 US history

Dr. de Jong completed her bachelor's and master's degrees in New Zealand and worked as an editor for eighteen months before coming to the United States to complete a Ph.D. degree at the Pennsylvania State University. Initially planning to study diplomatic history, she switched to African American history after becoming inspired by the story of black people's struggles for freedom and justice. She held a fellowship at the Carter G. Woodson Institute for Afro-American and African Studies at the University of Virginia and teaching positions at George Mason University and the University of Wisconsin-Parkside before joining the UNR faculty in 2002.

Dr. de Jong's research focuses on the connections between race and class and the ways that African Americans have fought for economic as well as political rights from the end of Reconstruction through the twenty-first century. She has written two books, A Different Day: African American Struggles for Justice in Rural Louisiana, 1900–1970 (University of North Carolina Press, 2002) and Invisible Enemy: The African American Freedom Struggle after 1965 (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010). Her third book, a study of labor displacement and social justice activism in the rural South after the civil rights movement, is forthcoming from the University of North Carolina Press in 2016.


HIST 293: Introduction to African American History

HIST 300: Historical Research and Writing

HIST 404C/604C: Social Movements in the United States

HIST 416B/616B: Contemporary America: The United States since 1945

HIST 433A/633A: The African American Freedom Struggle after 1865

HIST 479/679: Race and Ethnicity in American History

HIST 499: Senior Seminar History

HIST 722: Seminar in 20th-Century U.S. History

HIST 724: Topical Seminar in US History

CH 203: American Experiences and Constitutional Change