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Dr. Lauren N. Henley

Assistant Professor of Leadership Studies
Curriculum Vitae

  • Profile

    Dr. Lauren Henley is a historian whose research examines youthfulness, race, gender, religion, and crime in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In general, she considers how Black women and girls became both the victims of and perpetrators of violent crimes in the rural industrial South.

    Her current work explores two sides of a specific historical serial killer: the making of said identity and the local communities that were affected. By asking whether or not serial killers can be leaders, Henley seeks to understand how power and influence shape broader historical narratives about perceived criminality.

    Henley's work has appeared in the Journal of African American History and Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society. She serves as a reviewer for academic journals and textbook supplements.

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    • Awards

      Faculty Member of the Year Award, the Epsilon Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa, 2023

  • Selected Publications
    Journal Articles

    Henley, Lauren N. "'Devilish Deeds': Serial Murder and Racial Violence in Austin, Texas, 1884-1885." Journal of African American History 105, no. 1 (2020): 1-27.

    Henley, Lauren N. "Contested Commitment: Policing Black Female Juvenile Delinquency at Efland Home, 1919-1939." Souls 20, no. 1 (2018): 38-57.

    Henley, Lauren N. "Boiled Boyfriends and Scalded Spouses: Love, Pain, and Devious Behaviors in 20th Century Black America." Gateway Journal 14 (2014): 34-40.


    Henley, Lauren N. “Review of ‘The Uncommon Case of Daniel Brown: How a White Police Officer Was Convicted of Killing a Black Citizen, Baltimore, 1875’ by Gordon H. Shufelt.” Journal of Southern History 88, no. 1 (2022): 180-181.

    Henley, Lauren N. “Review of ‘Uncontrollable Blackness: African American Men and Criminality in Jim Crow New York’ by Douglas J. Flowe.” The Journal of African American History, 107, no. 3 (2022): 463-465.

    Henley, Lauren N. "Review of 'Remember Me to Miss Louisa: Hidden Black-White Intimacies in Antebellum America' by Sharony Green. Indiana Magazine of History 113, no. 1 (2017): 87-9.

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