Katherine Mooney

James P. Jones Associate Professor of History
Katherine Mooney

Contact Information

Office Location
Bellamy 436
Office Hours

Tuesdays 1-2:30 (in person)) and Wednesdays 1:00-2:30 (Zoom).

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.

Publications:

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

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

Teaching:

Fall 2023

IDS 2196 History of American Pop Culture

HIS4935 Senior Seminar: U.S. Pop Culture

Research Interests

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

Books

Race Horse Men: How Slavery and Freedom were made at the Racetrack

Race Horse Men recaptures the vivid sights, sensations, and illusions of nineteenth-century thoroughbred racing, America’s first mass spectator sport.

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

In March 1863, after Northern general Benjamin F. Butler demanded the recall of the French consul-general, an unabashed Confederate sympathizer, from Union-occupied New Orleans, Charles Prosper Fauconnet assumed the duties of acting consul.