Juliet E Walker
Professor, Center for African and African American Studies, College of Liberal Arts
Professor, African and African Diaspora Studies Department, College of Liberal Arts
Professor, IC2 Institute
Juliet Walker's teaching fields include African American history, Antebellum Slavery, Black Business History and Political Economy, Black Intellectual history and African American Women's history. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships and twelve publication awards for her books and articles. Also, she was awarded the Business History Conference Lifetime Achievement Award and the Association for the Study of African American Life and History's Carter G. Woodson Scholar Medallion.
Dr. Walker is also the founding director of the Center of Black Business History, Entrepreneurship, and Technology. Her scholarship has provided the foundation for recognizing black business history as a subfield in African American history. She is author of "The History of Black Business in America: Capitalism, Race, Entrepreneurship" (1998), the first comprehensive book on black business history. Her book "Free Frank: A Black Pioneer on the Antebellum Frontier" (1983) details entrepreneurial activities of slave-born Frank (17771854). Walker's research enabled the town site, New Philadelphia, Illinois, to be named a National Historic Landmark. She is also the editor of the "Encyclopedia of African American Business History" (1999) and the author of over ninety articles and scholarly essays. Among other projects, she is currently working on her book titled "Oprah Winfrey: An American Entrepreneur" which will be published by Harvard Business School Press.