Dr Michell Chresfield

Dr Michell Chresfield

Department of History
Lecturer in United States History

Contact details

322 Arts
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

My research interests include cultural and intellectual history, the history of science and medicine, and the history of racial formation and identity making in twentieth century America.

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Office hours:

  • Wednesday 12-1pm
  • Thursdays 11am-12pm


  • PhD in History, Vanderbilt University (Nashville, USA)
  • MA in History, Vanderbilt University (Nashville, USA)
  • BA in American Studies, University of Notre Dame (Notre Dame, USA) 


I grew up splitting my time between Alabama and New York City, so I consider myself a city girl who is a southerner at heart. Prior to joining UoB I was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pittsburgh, a liberal arts college in the United States. I joined the staff of UoB in September 2017.


  • American History, 1890- 2000
  • U.S. Gender and Sexuality 

Postgraduate supervision

  • Century U.S. History
  • African American History
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Racial and Ethnic Relations in the U.S. 

Find out more - our PhD History  page has information about doctoral research at the University of Birmingham.


My current research examines how Americans of Native, Black, and White descent have used social science, medicine, and the law to negotiate multiracial identities during the regime of Jim Crow. I am currently working on a book based on this research titled, "What Lies Between: Social Science, Medicine and the Prehistory of Multiracial America."


  • Michell Chresfield, "The Gullah," Encyclopedia of African American Culture. ABC-CLIO Press. Forthcoming
  • Contributor, “The Sixties,” The American Yawp (free on-line history textbook)
  • A. Tillery and M. Chresfield, “Model Blacks or ‘ras the Exhorter’: A Quantitative Analysis of Black Newspapers’  Coverage of First Wave Afro-Caribbean Immigration to the United States.” Journal of Black Studies, July 2012.

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  • Equalities
  • Healthcare, especially relating to equalities