Valerie Grim is chairperson and professor of African American and African diaspora studies at Indiana University-Bloomington. She researches and publishes in the area of 20th and 21st century African American rural history. A nationally and internationally recognized scholar, she has lectured throughout continental North America, Europe, South America, Africa and the Caribbean.
Grim has published widely in leading journals and anthologies, including: Agricultural History, Frontier: Journal of Women’s History, Journal of Rural Development and Perspectives and Proceedings of the Association of Living History Farms and Agricultural Museums. Her work also appears in numerous books, including Beyond Forty Acres and a Mule: African American Landowning Families Since Reconstruction, Rural African Americans in the Twentieth Century, and Outside In: African American History in Iowa.
In the creative realm, Grim has worked as a researcher and field producer on a documentary film: Black Is, Black Ain’t, and on a radio documentary, America in the Twentieth Century: Claiming A Piece of the Piece. As an engaged scholar, she conducts workshops about Black experiences in the United States and the African experience in the diaspora, consults on museums educational programs and exhibitions concerning history, race, politics, gender, culture and community, and agricultural rural life, and works with Black farmers on the landmark class action lawsuit of Black Farmers versus the United States Department of Agriculture.
She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards for scholarship, teaching and service.