Valerie Grim

Valerie Grim

Director of Undergraduate Studies, African American and African Diaspora Studies

Professor, African American and African Diaspora Studies

Director, Thomas I. Atkins LLC.


  • Ph.D., Iowa State University, 1990

Recent Publications

  • "The Co-existent of White Paternalism and Black Self-Determinism in a Mississippi Delta Community 1910-1970” (draft completed)
  • "Caught Between Forty Acres and a Class Action: Black Farmers Protest Against The United States Department of Agriculture, 1995-2005." (in progress)
Edited Volumes
  • In press (associate editor) “Mississippi Agriculture and Rural Life,” a section in Mississippi Encyclopedia. Ted Ownby and Charles Wilson, Eds. Jackson, MS: University of Mississippi Press.
  • 2009 Rural Women, Families, and Children of Color, a special issue of Black Women, Gender, and Families 1(3).
Refereed Journal Articles

2009 “The Experiences of Rural Women, Children, and Families of Color in U.S. and Global Communities.” Black Women, Gender, Families 3 (1):1-15.

Dr. Grim recently edited a special issue of Journal of Black Women, Gender, and Families (University of Illinois Press): Spring 2009, Volume 3, Number 1. The four‐article issue, entitled Rural Women, Families, and Children of Color in Global Communities, examined HIV‐AIDS in Sub‐Saharan Africa; religion among black women in Brazil; ways in which rural black children in the U.S. unlearn racism; and the role of the federal government in addressing rural poverty, literacy, and cultural needs. Her essay, “The Experiences of Rural Women, Children, and Families of Color in U.S. and Global Communities” was published in this special volume. In addition, Dr. Grim’s essay, "Our Stories of Mentoring and Guidance in a Higher Education and Student Affairs Program," (with Kandace Hinton and Mary Howard‐Hamilton) was published in Standing on the Outside Looking In: Underrepresented Students' Experiences in Advanced‐Degree Programs. Several book reviews were published in MS Magazine, Western Historical Quarterly, Journal of Ohio History, and Journal of Agricultural History.

Valerie Grim is a Professor of African American and African Diaspora Studies at Indiana University-Bloomington. She chaired the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies from 2004-2016. Grim has been on faculty since 1990 and has been engaged with more than 50 different committees designed to help improve IUB for all of its participants. As a scholar, Grim researches and publishes in the area of twentieth and twenty-first centuries African American rural history. She has conducted research and provided lectures in North America, Europe, South America, Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean. Currently, she has completed Between Paternalism and Self-Determination: Rural African American Life in a Yazoo-Mississippi Delta Community, 1910-1970 (revision in process for publication).

Selected works have appeared in leading rural history journals. Book chapters have appeared in significant volumes concerning African American rural history and culture.

Grim has worked as a researcher and field producer on creative projects. These include a documentary film: Black Is, Black Ain’t, and a radio documentary, America in the Twentieth Century: Claiming A Piece of the Piece. She conducts workshops about rural Black experiences in the United States and the African Diaspora as well as consults on museums ‘educational programs and exhibitions concerning history, race, politics, gender, culture and community, and life among rural Black peoples. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards for scholarship, teaching, and engagement.