Robert J. Norrell

Professor of History, Bernadotte Schmitt Chair of Excellence

Phone: 865-974-1130
E-mail: rnorrell@utk.edu

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Robert J. Norrell is a historian of American race relations and the South and the author of fourteen books. His 2009 biography, Up from History: the Life of Booker T. Washington, was received nationally with acclaim. In 2005 he published a well-reviewed interpretation of U.S. race relations, The House I Live In: Race in the American Century. His book, Reaping the Whirlwind: The Civil Rights Movement in Tuskegee, won the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award in 1986. His novel, Eden Rise, set during the civil rights movement in Alabama, was published in 2012. His forthcoming books include a biography of Alex Haley, a study of an East Tennessee mountain community, and a study of race in transnational context.

Topics of expertise: The American South, American race relations, American biography

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