K. Stephen Prince

K. Stephen Prince

Charles Phelps Manship Professor


220 Himes Hall

Website: www.kstephenprince.com 

Courses Taught

U.S. History; the New South; Race and American Identity; 19th Century America; Popular Music 

Current Research Interests:

Blackface Minstrelsy and the birth of American popular culture

Interested in Directing Theses on:

19th Century U.S.; Southern History; Social and Cultural History; Historical Memory; African American History


BA, Oberlin College, 2004

MA, Yale University, 2006

PhD, Yale University 2010


The Ballad of Robert Charles: Searching for the New Orleans Riot of 1900 (University of North Carolina Press, 2021).  

Stories of the South: Race and the Reconstruction of Southern Identity, 1865-1915 (University of North Carolina Press, 2014). 

Radical Reconstruction: A Brief History with Documents (Bedford-St. Martins, 2015).  

Awards and Honors:

Presidents Award, Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era (for The Ballad of Robert Charles)

Leila and Kemper Williams Prize for Louisiana History, Louisiana Historical Association (for The Ballad of Robert Charles)

Finalist, Association for the Study of African American Life and History Book Prize (for The Ballad of Robert Charles)

Honorable Mention, Society for U.S. Intellectual History Book Prize (for Stories of the South)

Notable Articles:

With John K. Bardes. “‘There is No God in Heaven’: Religion, the Police Power, and the Rise of Jim Crow in New Orleans,” Journal of African-American History  (Spring 2023)

“Remembering Robert Charles: Violence and Memory in Jim Crow New Orleans,” Journal of Southern History (May 2017)

“Legitimacy and Interventionism: Northern Republicans, the ‘Terrible Carpetbagger,’ and the Retreat from Reconstruction,” The Journal of the Civil War Era (December 2012)