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Michelle Kuhl grew up in North Carolina amid lush forests and neighbors with KKK membership cards. She went to college at N.C. State University, and through her study of history began to understand the roots of her region's violence. She continued her studies, getting an MA and PhD from the State University of New York at Binghamton. Her dissertation, "Modern Martyrs: African American Responses to Lynching 1880-1940" explored the ways activists used religious imagery to fight against mob violence. This story, with an added emphasis on the intersection of religion and masculinity, is also the subject of her manuscript in progress. Currently Dr. Kuhl is awaiting publication of an article on W.E.B. Du Bois and his short stories about lynch mobs titled "Resurrecting Black Manhood: Du Bois's Martyr Tales." It will be included in what promises to be a fascinating book, an edited collection on Du Bois and religion called The Souls of Du Bois, currently under contract with Northern Illinois University Press.
Dr. Kuhl teaches courses in African American History, Women's History, and Nineteenth Century American History at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh. She serves on the Women's Studies Steering Committee, the Advisory Board of African American Studies, and is the advisor to the student groups the History Club and Phi Alpha Theta. She enjoys living in Wisconsin and has adjusted to the chills of winter. However, she still marvels that Lake Winnebago freezes so solidly that people can drive trucks over it.