Michigan State University and Northwestern University

From the 2021 Award for Scholarly Distinction citation in the 2022 Annual Meeting Awards Ceremony booklet

Darlene Clark Hine, John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor of History at Michigan State University and Board of Trustees Emeritus Professor of African American Studies and History at Northwestern University, is a distinguished scholar of African American and women’s history. Her wide-ranging work in these fields has been transformational.

She has published several monographs and edited several volumes, including Black Victory:  The Rise and Fall of the White Primary in Texas (1979; second ed., 2003); Black Women in White: Racial Conflict and Cooperation in the Nursing Profession, 1890–1950 (1989); and The State of Afro- American History, Past, Present and Future (1989). She coordinated a major project, Black Women in the Middle West, that documented the lives of women via archival materials and oral histories.

From 1985 to 2004, Clark Hine taught at Michigan State University, where she founded the Comparative Black History PhD program. Of special note are the many ways that she has encouraged the development of African American history, introduced audiences outside the academy to the field, and supported younger scholars.

Clark Hine has received many honors for her scholarship and for her leadership in the field of African American history. On July 28, 2014, President Barack Obama presented her with a 2013 National Humanities Medal for her contributions to Black women’s history. She has also served as the head of the Organization of American Historians (2001–02) and the Southern Historical Association (2002–03). She was elected to the  American  Academy  of  Arts and Sciences in 2006, and she has received honorary doctorates from several colleges and universities in recognition of her distinguished work.