Kim Lacy Rogers

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Kim Lacy Rogers is currently Professor of History and American Studies at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. She graduated with a B.A. from Florida State University and received both her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. She joined the faculty of Dickinson College in 1983. In addition to teaching at Dickinson, Rogers is a past director of the college’s Community Studies Center and now serves on its steering committee.(1)

Throughout her professional career, Rogers has taught courses on recent U.S. history including courses with specific focuses on gender and family history. She has also conducted many research projects centered on the use of oral history and “life-story” narratives.(2) Much her research has involved African-American communities throughout the South. A series of research projects conducted from the 1970s through the 1990s took Rogers from her post in Pennsylvania to the deep south of New Orleans in Louisiana and throughout the largely-rural state of Mississippi. In 1994, Thomas Dent introduced Rogers to a colleague at Tougaloo College in Mississippi, Jerry W. Ward, Jr. Together, Rogers and Ward co-directed The Delta Oral History Project. Her book Life and Death in the Delta is one of the fruits of this labor.(3) Other significant work of Rogers’ have focused on the impact of trauma on individuals, families, and communities.


Kim Lacy Rogers has prolifically published work as an author, co-author, and editor. Some of her contributions include:

Rogers, Kim Lacy. "Aging, the Life Course, and Oral History: African American Narratives of Struggle, Social 
    Change, and Decline." Handbook of Oral History. Edited by Thomas L. Charlton, Lois E. Myers and Rebecca
     Sharpless. Lanham,MD:AltaMira Press, 2006: 297-335.

Rogers, Kim Lacy. "Life Questions: Memories of Women Civil Rights Leaders." Journal of African American
vol. 87 (Summer 2002): 355-368.

Rogers, Kim Lacy.Life and Death in the Delta: African American Narratives of Violence, Resilience, and Social Change New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006

Rogers, Kim Lacy. "Lynching Stories: Family and Community Memory in the Mississippi Delta."
Trauma and Life
    Stories: International Perspectives.Edited by Kim Lacy Rogers, Selma Leydesdorff and Graham Dawson.
    New York: Routledge, 1999: 113-130.  The Delta Oral History Project

Rogers, Kim Lacy. “Oral History and the History of the Civil Rights Movement.” Journal of American History vol.
    75, no. 2 (1988): 567-576.

Rogers, Kim Lacy. “Organizational Experience and Personal Narrative: Stories of New Orleans’ Civil Rights
    Leaders.” Oral History Review vol. 13, 1985,23-54.

Rogers, Kim Lacy. Righteous Lives: Narratives of New Orleans’ Civil Rights' Movement. New York: New York
    University Press, 1993. 

Rogers, Kim Lacy. “ ‘You Came Away with Some Courage’: Three Lives in the Civil Rights Movement.”
    Mid-America vol. 71, no. 3 (October 1989): 175-194.

Rogers, Kim Lacy and Eva M. McMahan, eds. Interactive Oral History Interviewing. Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum
    Associates, 1994.

Rogers, Kim Lacy and Selma Leydesdorff, with Graham Dawson, eds. Trauma and Life Stories: International
New York: Routledge, 1999.

In addition to her published work, Rogers has presented at numerous conferences including several Oral History Association meetings. She also has been on the faculty of the Oral History Summer Institute at Columbia University.(4)


Rogers' book Life and Death in the Delta: African American Narratives of Violence, Resilience, and Social Change received a 2007 Oral History Association Book Award and the 2008 National Council on Public History Book Award.

In 2000, Rogers was awarded a fellowship at the National Humanities Center in North Carolina.


 1. Dickinson College, “History Faculty,”

2. Kim Lacy Rogers and Selma Leydesdorff, with Graham Dawson, eds.,Trauma and Life Stories: International Perspectives, (New York: Routledge, 1999), viii.

Dickinson College, “History Faculty,”

3.Kim Lacy Rogers,Life and Death in the Delta: African American Narratives of Violence, Resilience, and Social Change, (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006),8.

4.Oral History Research Office, “Summer Institute on Oral History,” Columbia University Libraries,

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