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Elizabeth Herbin-Triant

Elizabeth Herbin Triant
Elizabeth Herbin-Triant, Ph.D.Associate Professor
  • College
    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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Research Interests

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 (2019), was published by Columbia University Press 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 co-coordinator of UMass Lowell's Race & Ethnic Studies Minor and serves as faculty advisor to the Black Student Union.


  • BA: History & Literature, Harvard College - Cambridge, MA
  • MA: History, Columbia University - New York, NY
  • Ph D: History, Columbia University - New York, NY

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship, 2019-20 (2019), Scholarship/Research - Massachusetts Historical Society
  • Donahue Fellowship in Humanities Ethics, 2019-22 (2019), Scholarship/Research - College of Fine Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences and the Manning School of Business, UMass Lowell
  • 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. (2019). Threatening Property: Race, Class, and Campaigns to Legislate Jim Crow Neighborhoods. Columbia University Press, Studies in the History of U.S. Capitalism
  • 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) 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) 170-193.

Research Currently in Progress

  • Lords of the Lash and Loom: Abolitionism, Anti-Abolitionism, and the Business of Manufacturing Slave-Grown Cotton (book)
    Herbin-Triant, E.