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Elizabeth Herbin-Triant

Elizabeth Herbin Triant
Elizabeth Herbin-TriantAssistant Professor
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    College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
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    (978) 934-4273
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    Dugan Hall - 106F
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  • BA: History & Literature, Harvard College - Cambridge, MA
  • MA: History, Columbia University - New York, NY
  • Ph D: History, Columbia University - New York, NY


Elizabeth Herbin-Triant is a United States historian with particular interests in the South and African-American history. Her book, Threatening Property: Race, Class, and Campaigns to Legislate Jim Crow Neighborhoods, will be published by Columbia University Press in the spring of 2019 in the series Studies in the History of U.S. Capitalism. Through an examination of campaigns to put residential segregation into law in early-twentieth-century North Carolina, this book explores how class influenced segregationist thinking. Before joining the faculty at UMass Lowell, Professor Herbin-Triant taught at St. John's University in New York and held a postdoctoral fellowship in Agrarian Studies at Yale University. Her essays have appeared in publications including The Washington Post, The Journal of Southern History, and Agricultural History. Professor Herbin-Triant is the faculty advisor to UMass Lowell's Black Student Union.

Selected Awards and Honors

  • History Department’s Teaching Award, 2015-16 (2016), Teaching - UMass Lowell
  • Fellowship in Agrarian Studies, 2007-08 (2007), Scholarship/Research - Yale University, New Haven, CT
  • Whiting Fellowship in the Humanities, 2006-07 (2006), Scholarship/Research - Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation

Selected Publications

  • Herbin-Triant, E. (2017) "Race and Class Friction in North Carolina Neighborhoods: How Campaigns for Residential Segregation Law Divided Middling and Elite Whites in Winston-Salem and North Carolina’s Countryside, 1912-1915," Journal of Southern History 83:3 pp. 531-72
  • Herbin-Triant, E. (2013) "Southern Segregation, South Africa-Style: Maurice Evans, Clarence Poe, and the Ideology of Rural Segregation," Agricultural History 87:2 pp. 170-193

Research Currently in Progress

  • In Search of the Costs of Segregation (essay)
    Herbin-Triant, E.