Michell Chresfield

Colleges, School and Institutes


I grew up splitting my time between Alabama and New York City, so I consider myself a city girl who is a southerner at heart. Prior to joining UoB I was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pittsburgh, a liberal arts college in the United States. I joined the staff of UoB in September 2017.

Research interests

My current research examines how Americans of Native, Black, and White descent have used social science, medicine, and the law to negotiate multiracial identities during the regime of Jim Crow. I am currently working on a book based on this research titled, "What Lies Between: Social Science, Medicine and the Prehistory of Multiracial America."

Willingness to take PhD students


PhD projects

Century U.S. History
African American History
Gender and Sexuality
Racial and Ethnic Relations in the U.S.