Monica Maria Tetzlaff

Monica Tetzlaff, Ph.D. (University of Pennsylvania, 1995)
Associate Professor of History
Wiekamp Hall, Room DW3263

Mailing Address:
Department of History
Indiana University South Bend
1700 Mishawaka Avenue
PO Box 7111
South Bend, IN  46634-7111

Monica Maria Tetzlaff is an Associate Professor of History.. She received her B.A. from the College of William and Mary and her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. Her specialties are African American history, Women's History and social movements. In 2002, Dr. Tetzlaff published Cultivating a New South: Abbie Holmes Christensen and the Politics of Race and Gender, 1852-1938, a biography that looked at the intersection of race and gender in a white reformer’s life in the segregated South. In 2007 she was voted instructor of the Year at IU South Bend. Dr. Tetzlaff is currently researching the Civil Rights Movement in South Bend, Indiana during the 1950s -1970s.

In 2014, she received the Eldon F. Lundquist Award for “excellence in teaching, scholarly or artistic achievement, and diversified relevant service, preferably in community service throughout the Michiana region."  She also received the Martin Luther King Foundation's "Drum Major" Community Service Award".

In the academic year 2014-2015 Dr. Tetzlaff was on leave because she received a Fulbright Fellowship for teaching and research in Ghana.  She taught at the University of Ghana Institute for African Studies and is studied the Human Rights Movement for women accused of witchcraft in Ghana. You can access her blog it contains photographs and reflections on her travels in Ghana. She also researches the history of Mitchelville, South Carolina and the civil rights movement in South Bend, Indiana.

In Summer 2015 she taught "The History of Africa in the 20th Century." Here is a description of the course: HIST-E 300 Africa in the Twentieth Century.  Africa in the twentieth century saw tremendous changes as Africans threw off colonialism in a myriad of movements and revolutions and became independent beginning in the mid-century.  From music to fashion, this class this class looks at not only traditional political philosophy, but also the interaction of culture and politics as Africans expressed themselves in nationalist movements and beyond.  From gender issues to the environment this class also tackles the challenges of Africa as a continent and as a part of our interconnected planet.