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Marne L. Campbell

Associate Professor and Chair of African American Studies


Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts



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Marne L. Campbell is an Associate Professor at Loyola Marymount University and the Chair of the Department of African American Studies. She received her Ph.D. in History at UCLA in 2006 and holds a Master’s Degree in African American Studies. She is the author of “Making Black Los Angeles,” which explores the intersections of race, class, and gender in early Los Angeles, and was published by the University of North Carolina Press. Her study emphasizes issues of labor, politics, and culture through the intersection of this diverse community with other communities of color. She has completed an extensive database of almost every African American family in Los Angeles (1850 - 1910).

She has published essays in the Journal of Urban History as well as the Journal of African American History. “African American Women, Wealth Accumulation, and Social Welfare Activism in 19th Century Los Angeles” was published in the Journal of African American History, and considers the integral role of African American women in securing rights for their community such as equal education and public transportation. This article also connects their experiences with those of black women in the North and South during the second half of the 19th century.

Currently, Marne is working on a book about crime and punishment in early Los Angeles. She created a database of every criminal court record between 1830 and 1900, noting crimes committed, race and gender of the victims and defendants, and sentencing. This book will explore the role of race and gender in the shaping of the local criminal justice system.

Marne is the recipient of several academic awards including the University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship, The Los Angeles City Historical Society Miriam Matthews Ethnic History Award, and a Mellon Fellowship from the Huntington Library.

Her research and teaching interests focus on the middle 19th and early 20th century urban U.S. and has taught a range of specialized courses on U.S. Religious History, History of the West, Gender History, and History of Los Angeles, as well as surveys of American and African American History.


University of California, Los Angeles

Ph.D., History


University of California, Los Angeles

M.A., Interdepartmental Program in Afro-American Studies


University of California, Los Angeles

B.A., Interdepartmental Program in Afro-American Studies


University of California, Los Angeles

B.A., History


Areas of Expertise

African American HistoryThe American West19th and 20th Century US HistoryGender and Women's HIstoryUrban History

Industry Expertise

  • Research
  • Training and Development
  • Education/Learning


  • Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH)
  • Association of Black Women Historians (ABWH)
  • American Historical Association (AHA)
  • Organization of American Historians


  • Keynote
  • Moderator
  • Panelist
  • Workshop
  • Host/MC
  • Author Appearance
  • Corporate Training


Introduction to African American Studies

An introductory course designed to give an overview of African American Studies in order to familiarize the student with the history, culture, aspirations, and contemporary issues of the African American experience.

African American History

An analysis of the historical forces which shaped the African American experience in America from past to present.

Race, Gender, and the Law

This course will explore the ways in which the American legal system has contributed to the shaping of race and gender in American culture.

Hip-Hop Culture

This course will explore how and why hip hop has become a global phenomenon, examining themes within hip hop culture with a primary focus on race, gender, class, sexuality, and youth politics of hip hop.

Major Themes in African American History

Explores the major historical themes in African American History such as Slavery and Freedom, The Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights and Black Power, and African Americans at the Turn of the 21st Century.

Black Women's History

This course provides a look into the role of the Black Woman in a Historical context

Civil Rights in America

A look at the development of Civil Rights in America

Race and Ethnic Relations

An in depth look at the relationship between Race and Ethnicity

History of Ethnic America

This course will look at the History of Ethnic America

Black Los Angeles

This course explores the history of Black Angelenos and their contributions to shaping the region from the founding of the city in 1781.


African American Women, Wealth Accumulation, and Social Welfare Activism in 19th Century Los Angeles

Journal of African American History


Volume 97, no. 4

The Newest Religious Sect Has Started In Los Angeles”: Race, Class, Ethnicity, And The Origins Of The Pentecostal Movement, 1906 – 1913

Journal of African American History


Volume 95, no. 1

One Ever Feels His Twoness: Understanding The Service and Rhetoric of Barack Obama

American Studies Journal


Review Essay - Volume 55, no. 2

The NAACP in Film: Three Documentaries from California Newsreel

Journal of African American History


Special Report, Review Essay. Volume 94, no. 4

Composing Metropolis: New Approaches to African American Urbanization in the Late 20th Century

Journal of Urban History


Review Essay, Volume 35, no. 2

Book Review: A Celebrity Preacher and his House of Prayer

Journal of African American History


Marie Dallam, Daddy Grace: A Celebrity Preacher and his House of Prayer. New York, NYU Press, 2007