Who We Are

John W. McKerley , co-director

A Huntsville native, John graduated from the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) before going on to receive his Ph.D. in African American and labor history from the University of Iowa in 2008. He has held teaching positions at several institutions, including the University of Iowa, University of Maryland-College Park, the University of Missouri-Columbia, and Indiana University. In 2009, he co-edited Foot Soldiers for Democracy, a collection of oral histories from the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute published by the University of Illinois Press. For more information, visit johnmckerley.com.

Jane DeNeefe, co-director

Jane graduated with a degree in History from UAH in 1990. Since then, she has become an accomplished local historian with a long list of publications aimed at a general audience, including Rocket City Rock and Soul (History Press, 2011), a study of Huntsville musicians during the 1960s that includes significant research into the city’s African American past.

John O’Brien, researcher

John graduated from UAH in 2014. His work on Alabama history has received awards from Phi Alpha Theta and the Madison County Historical Society.