Associate Department Head
Department of History
College of Liberal Arts
Angela Hudson specializes in American Indian history, the nineteenth century US South, the representation of American Indians in popular culture, and the intersection of American Indian and African American lives. Her current research focuses on nineteenth century female medical practitioners who worked as Indian doctresses and the women who sought their care.
The Arts & Humanities Fellowship will enable Hudson to travel to multiple archives in which municipal records relating to Indian doctresses are housed. To date, her research on these women has focused on newspapers, medical reform tracts, and city directories. But because Indian doctresses and their clients often existed on the margins of society, more in-depth research is necessary to reconstruct their experiences. Hudson intends to submit a journal article and a book proposal by the end of the award period.
Hudson joined the Texas A&M faculty in 2007 as an assistant professor, after earning her doctorate in American Studies from Yale University. She was tenured as an associate professor in 2013 and was promoted to full professor in 2017. In addition to fellowships from the Newberry Library, the American Philosophical Society, the American Antiquarian Society, and the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, among others, she received the Ray A. Rothrock ’77 Fellowship from the College of Liberal Arts in 2013. She has also recently been named a Glasscock Internal Faculty Fellow, which will provide her a semester of research leave during Spring 2018.
Her first book, Creek Paths and Federal Roads: Indians, Settlers, and Slaves and the Making of the American South, was published in 2010 by the University of North Carolina Press. Her second book, Real Native Genius: How an Ex-Slave and a White Mormon became Famous Indians, was published by the same press in 2015 and was honored with the 2016 Evans Biography Award from the Mountain West Center for Regional Studies at Utah State University. In addition, Hudson has published refereed articles and chapters in scholarly journals and books and serves as a co-editor for the Indians and Southern History Series at the University of Alabama Press.