Elizabeth Herbin-Triant is a United States historian whose research and teaching interests include African-American history, particularly racial capitalism, urban history, slavery, and segregation.
Professor Herbin-Triant's book, Threatening Property: Race, Class, and Campaigns to Legislate Jim Crow Neighborhoods, was published by Columbia University Press in the spring of 2019 in the series Studies in the History of U.S. Capitalism. Focusing on North Carolina, Threatening Property explores the politics of residential segregation. It investigates who wanted neighborhoods to be segregated by race, how these people brought about their vision, and why segregation has persisted even after segregationist policies were ended.
Herbin-Triant's new book project, Lords of the Lash and Loom: Abolitionists, Anti-Abolitionists, and the Business of Manufacturing Slave-Grown Cotton, examines Lowell's textile factory owners' support for the institution of slavery alongside the growing abolitionist sentiment in the city in the antebellum years.
Professor Herbin-Triant's courses include "Introduction to Historical Methods"; "African-American History"; "History of the U.S. South"; "American Slavery: History, Fiction, and Film"; "The Age of Jim Crow"; and "United States History from 1865 to the Present."
Before joining the faculty at UMass Lowell, Herbin-Triant taught at St. John's University in New York and held a postdoctoral fellowship in Agrarian Studies at Yale University. She is the faculty advisor to UMass Lowell's Black Student Union.