Darlene Clark Hine

Darlene  Clark Hine
  • John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor
  • Department of History

Darlene Clark Hine is a leading historian of the African American experience.  She helped to found the field of Black Women’s History and has been one of its most prolific scholars.  In 2018 Darlene Hine joined Dr. Clifton R. Wharton, Jr. (2005) as a recipient of the Diverse Issues in Higher Education John Hope Franklin Award.  She received the John Hope Franklin Lifetime Achievement Award from the Southern Historical Association in 2017.  Hine is a 2015 National Women’s History Month Honoree.  On July 28, 2014, President Barack Obama honored Hine with a 2013 National Humanities Medal.  Hine is Past President of the Organization of American Historians (2001-2002) and the Southern Historical Association (2002-2003).  In October 2006 the American Academy of Arts and Sciences inducted Hine as a member.  

In 1987, Michigan State University named Hine a John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor of American History. She established the Comparative Black History Ph.D. Program and mentored over 20 Ph.D. graduate students.  From 2004-2017, Hine was Board of Trustees Professor of African American Studies and History at Northwestern University. Her numerous publications include Black Victory: The Rise and Fall of the White Primary in Texas (1979, 2nd ed., 2003); Black Women in White: Racial Conflict and Cooperation in the Nursing Profession, 1890–1950 (1989); co-editor of Black Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia (1993); Black Europe and the African Diaspora (2009); The Black Chicago Renaissance (2012). She is co-author with William C. Hine and Stanley Harrold of The African-American Odyssey, 7th editions (2017).

Hine received fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies; the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University; the National Humanities Center in North Carolina, and from the Rockefeller Foundation.  She was a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and the W.E.B. DuBois Institute both at Harvard University.  Hine received honorary degrees from the University of Massachusetts Amherst (1998), Purdue University (2002), Roosevelt University (2014), and from Michigan State University (2015).