Academic Historian

James C. Mohr is College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of History and Philip H. Knight Professor of Social Sciences, Emeritus, at the University of Oregon. Before going to Oregon, he taught more than twenty years at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and has been a visiting professor at Stanford University and the University of Virginia. His seven major books and dozens of articles address subjects ranging from the Civil War and Reconstruction through nineteenth-century American medico-legal policy, medical licensing, and public health crises. Winner of the Throne-Aldrich Prize and the Oregon Book Award, he has also received Guggenheim, NEH, and Rockefeller-Ford fellowships. He has served on several editorial boards, including that of the Journal of Negro History (1972-1974), and he has testified twice before the Judiciary Committee of the United States Senate on the history of reproductive rights.

Alrutheus Ambush Taylor (1893-1955)

Fisk University Franklin Library’s Special Collections A[lrutheus] A[mbush] Taylor, historian, was born in Washington D.C. where he also went through the public school system. He earned a B.A. degree from the University of Michigan in 1916 and taught at the Tuskegee Institute (now Tuskegee University) … Read MoreAlrutheus Ambush Taylor (1893-1955)

William Leo Hansberry (1894-1965)

Historian and anthropologist, William Leo Hansberry began his college education at Atlanta University, but (at the urging of W.E.B. DuBois) he transferred to Harvard in 1917. Based on his reading of classical texts and his study of archeological evidence, Hansberry became convinced as an undergraduate … Read MoreWilliam Leo Hansberry (1894-1965)

Benjamin A. Quarles (1904-1996)

Noted historian, scholar, and educator Benjamin Author Quarles was born in Boston, Massachusetts on January 23, 1904.  His father Arthur Benedict Quarles was a subway porter, and his mother Margaret O’Brien Quarles was a homemaker. In his twenties, Quarles enrolled at Shaw University in Raleigh, … Read MoreBenjamin A. Quarles (1904-1996)