Dr. Jacqueline A. Rouse received her BA from Howard University, her MA from Atlanta University (now Clark Atlanta University) and her Ph.D. from Emory University, specializing in African American women. Since 1991 she has been a member of the History Department and associate faculty (and founding coordinator of) the Department of African American Studies, Georgia State University. Previous affiliations have included American University, Morehouse College, Georgia Tech and as a consultant to the African American History Program, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Dr. Rouse’s specialty is southern African American women and the modern civil rights movement. In the summer of 2004 she was a guest lecturer in the Department of Historical Preservation/History, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa. In the summer of 2003, Dr. Rouse was one of thirty-five international scholars who gathered at Lincoln College, Oxford University, Oxford, England for an exploration of global women’s issues, i.e., health care, equity, political empowerment.
Dr. Rouse’s research and publications, including books, articles, and documentaries, have examined the varied lives of black women. Lugenia Burns Hope, Black Southern Reformer won the Letitia Woods Brown Memorial Publication Prize 1990. Women in the Civil Rights Movement, Trailblazers and Torchbearers, 1941-1965 is recognized as a leading work on women and civil rights. Her current project, Nurturing Seeds of Discontent: Septima P. Clark and Participatory Democracy.
As a historian and public lecturer, Dr. Rouse has organized national conferences like the “Women in the Civil Rights Movement, Trailblazers and Torchbearer” at the King Center, Atlanta, Georgia, Fall 1988. She has served as president of the Southern Association of Women Historians, the Association of Black Women Historians and the Association of Social and Behavioral Scientists. She has been award several national fellowships including Carter G. Woodson Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence, Womanist Scholar, Black Women in Church and Society, and the Landmarks Professor of African American History, American University. In 2002 she was one of twelve recipients in the state of Georgia, the only African American, to be awarded the Governors Award in the Humanities from then governor, the Honorable Roy Barnes. In 2007 she was award the Faculty Mentor of the Year by the Southern Regional Educational Board for her work with black graduate students. She has served with Presidential Commission on the Status Women and the White House Commission on the Status of Women during the administrations of Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. She is recruited by media outlets as a resource on the African American experience. On September 29, 2012 the Association of Black Women Historians, presented Dr. Rouse with its Lorraine Williams Leadership Award in recognition of her life time career and her national legacy as a pioneer in the field of African American Women’s History. And March 2015, Michigan State University’s Cross Black Women Cross Generational Symposium’s honor as one of the founders of African American Women’s History.