USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
Associate Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity, History and Gender, and Sexuality Studies
An intellectual and labor historian, Francille Rusan Wilson’s current research examines the intersections between black labor movements, black social scientists, and black women’s history during the Jim Crow era. Wilson is the inaugural director of the USC Dornsife Black Studies Initiative/Emerging Center. Among her creative endeavors are the co-curation of the “Rise Up LA: A Century of Votes for Women” exhibit at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and her award-winning book, The Segregated Scholars: Black Social Scientists and the Creation of Black Labor Studies, 1890-1950. Wilson has served on the State Board of the California African American Museum, as well as two terms as the National Director for the Association of Black Women Historians.