Lauren Rebecca Sklaroff
Lauren Sklaroff is Associate Professor of History at the University of South Carolina and a leading scholar of American cultural history. She is interested in all elements of popular culture, and the history of race and ethnicity in the US. A native of Philadelphia, she graduated from Wellesley College, receiving her Masters and Doctoral degrees from the University of Virginia.
Lauren previously taught at George Mason University, and was a fellow at the Smithsonian Institution. Her first book, Black Culture and the New Deal: The Quest for Civil Rights in the Roosevelt Era, explained the government’s extensive use of racially-oriented cultural programs during the Depression and World War Two. In its review of the book, H-Net called the book, “A valuable addition to the growing history of the ‘long’ civil rights movement.” Reviews in American History stated, “Black Culture and The New Deal is a nuanced and highly effective exploration of the discourses about race and inequality in the theater, radio, print culture, and motion pictures of the era.”
In 2002, she won the Organization of American Historian’s esteemed Louis Pelzer Memorial Award for her essay on the boxer, Joe Louis.