Katherine Mooney

James P. Jones Associate Professor of History
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Contact Information

Office Location
Bellamy 436
Office Hours

Tuesdays 1:30-2:45 and Wednesdays 3:00-4:30

Katherine Mooney is interested in the cultural history of inequality in the United States--how it is imagined and made into political and legal discourse, how it plays out in people's daily lives. She primarily works on the history of slavery and its legacies. Her book, Race Horse Men, examines the generations of black men who worked with Thoroughbred horses from the colonial period to the 1920s. She is presently at work on two new projects, a biography of one of the first African-American sports heroes, Isaac Murphy, and a project about ideas of gender and how they map onto animals in the United States.


Race Horse Men: How Slavery and Freedom Were Made at the Racetrack 

Ruined By This Miserable War: The Dispatches of Charles Prosper Fauconnet


Spring 2022

AMH 4402 Political History of the South, 1607-1965

Graduate Seminar 19th century U.S. history

Research Interests
Cultural History, 19th Century U.S., Slavery, Sports History, Gender, U.S. South