Faculty & Staff

“As soon as the chance for real freedom presented itself, they [enslaved people] were on it. The policies of the federal government and things happening in the military were obviously crucial, but enslaved people were leading the way and putting the government in a situation where they had to respond. If you’re going to do this [drama], you need to demonstrate that enslaved people themselves were not waiting to be freed.”

Dr. Joshua Rothman, UA history department chair who specializes in studying race and American slavery, talking about HBO's slavery drama "Confederate" (The Hollywood Reporter)

“Basically, the stress of injustice oppression can be internalized and change the way the body ages…. Racism almost becomes embedded in our bodies physically.”

Dr. Wanda Burton, assistant professor in UA's College of Human Environmental Sciences, whose research notes a correlation between racial identity and birth weight (The Tuscaloosa News)