Francis Gourrier, Jr.


Advisor: Nan Enstad

Francis Gourrier, Jr.


I am a modern U.S. historian, interested in gender and the civil rights movement. My current research focuses on the husbands of women civil rights leaders, their contributions to the long movement, and the ways in which they understood home and public life as tied to their manhood. It questions the ways civil rights husbands both challenged and reproduced gender hierarchies.


M.A., Afro-American Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison
B.A., American Studies, Kenyon College


  • United States History

MA Title

  • “Shifting Focus, Shaping the Movement: Rubie Bond, the Women’s Community Club, and Early Stages of the Civil Rights Movement in Beloit, Wisconsin”

Working Dissertation Title

  • “Civil Rights Husbands: A New History of Manhood in the Black Freedom Movement”

Professional Affiliations

  • American Historical Association
  • American Studies Association
  • Association for the Study of African American History Life and History

Courses Taught as TA

  • History 227 – Explorations in the History of Race and Ethnicity
  • History 354 – Women and Gender in the U.S. Since 1870
  • History 398 – The U.S. Since 1945
  • AFAM 156 – Black Music and American Cultural History

Courses Taught as Instructor

  • History 391 – Race, Gender, and Sexuality in the Civil Rights Movement (Visiting Instructor, Kenyon College)
  • History 291 – The Great Migration (Visiting Instructor, Kenyon College)