Professor of WGSS and African Studies
Dr. Scully is Professor of the Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and Professor of African Studies at Emory University. She has her Ph.D. in history from the University of Michigan. Her research interests focus on comparative women's and gender history, with an emphasis on slavery and emancipation, and, more recently, on the relevance of history and feminist theory to ensuring women's rights in post-conflict societies. Her most recent book is Sara Baartman and the Hottentot Venus: a Ghost Story and a Biography, co-authored with Clifton Crais (Princeton, 2009, 2010, Rizzoli press forthcoming). She is the author of Liberating the Family? Gender and British Slave Emancipation in the Rural Western Cape, South Africa, 1823-1853 (Heinemann, 1997). Her co-edited collection with Diana Paton of the University of Newcastle, Gender and Slave Emancipation in the Atlantic World came out in 2005 with Duke University Press. She is the author of the AHA pamphlet, Race and Ethnicity in Women's and Gender History in Global Perspective (2006). Professor Scully is working on a book on humanitarian interventions, transitional justice, and sexual violence, with a focus on Liberia, and has published various chapters and articles on the topic. She teaches courses on gender, violence and genocide, genealogies of feminist thought, and feminist approaches to international human rights. She is Deputy Editor (editor for all submissions from the Americas) of The Women’s History Revie. Professor Scully is also Treasurer and Membership Secretary of the International Federation for Research in Women's History. She also serves on the editorial board of The Journal of Women’s History, The Journal of British Studies, The Journal of Peacebuilding and Development, and Social Dynamics. Professor Scully works closely with the Institute for Developing Nations, a partnership between Emory University and The Carter Center, which focuses on collaborative research regarding issues of poverty and development.