Dr Kate Dossett

Associate Professor of U.S. History

+44 (0)113 34 33288

Summary: Women and Gender History; U.S. History; African American History; The Harlem Renaissance; Black Theatre; Feminist Archives

Location: School of History, Michael Sadler


Kate Dossett joined the University of Leeds in 2003. Her research and teaching focuses on race and gender in the nineteenth and twentieth century United States. Her two main areas of interest are women's and gender history, in particular the construction of feminist knowledge through Feminist Archives and Women's Libraries, and histories of the African Diaspora including black nationalism, the international black left, the Harlem Renaissance and black feminism.  She is currently working on two projects: a history of radical black theatre in the United States and the making of feminist history and archives in Britain and the United States.

Feminist Archives, Feminist Futures (FAFF)

An international and collaborative project, Feminist Archives, Feminist Futures is concerned with gendered histories of archives and their relationship to history making and feminist activism in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. In particular it is interested in how the histories of Women’s Libraries and Feminist Archives shape women’s lives both in the past and in the future.  You can follow this project on twitter @feministarchive and @kmdossett

Radical Black Theatre in the New Deal

This British Academy funded project explores how and why black theatre became such an important forum for black political debate in the 1930s. It examines black theatre manuscripts as they were written, debated and performed by black theatre troupes in the 1930 and includes both black authored manuscripts written for and performed by Negro Units of the Federal Theatre such as Theodore Ward’s Big White Fog, as well as white-authored race dramas such as Haiti which were remodelled and produced by black troupes and communities.  This research informed the National Theatre's workshop on African American Playwriting in the 20th century