Sheri Ann Huerta

Sheri Ann Huerta

Sheri Ann Huerta

U.S. History: U. S. History; Antebellum U.S. South; Slavery; Legal History; Women and Gender; Transatlantic World; Community Studies

Sheri Ann Huerta holds a PhD in History from George Mason University specializing in the antebellum South, slavery, legal history and social culture. Her dissertation, "'A Great Uneasiness In Our County': Slavery and Its Influence on Family and Community Stability in Northern Virginia, 1782-1860," compares the dynamics of control, resistance, and adaptation to enslavement experienced in Fauquier, Loudoun, and Prince William counties.


Selected Publications

Review of H. G. Jones, with David Southern, Miss Mary's Money: Fortune and Misfortune in a Carolina Plantation Family, 1760-1924. North Carolina Historical Review, July 2015, p. 338-339.

Review of Heather Andrea Williams, Help Me to Find My People: The African American Search for Family Lost in Slavery. H-SAWH, H-Net Reviews. January, 2015. URL:

Review of Katy Simpson Smith, We Have Raised All of You: Motherhood in the South, 1750-1835. North Carolina Historical Review, July 2014, p. 360-361.

Grants and Fellowships

Provost Award, 2014-2015, George Mason University.

Provost Travel Award, 2014, George Mason University.

Andrew W. Mellon Fellow, 2014, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond, VA.

Josephine Pacheco Award for Best Graduate Research Paper, 2010, George Mason University.

Randy Beth Clarke Fellowship, for studies in antebellum southern and women's history, 2010, George Mason University.



Courses Taught

Hist 125: Introduction to World History


PhD, History, George Mason University, Spring, 2017.

Master of Arts, U. S. History, George Mason University, 2011.

Master of Science, Education with Teaching License, Old Dominion University, 1996.

Bachelor of Arts, German, University of Northern Iowa, 1989.


Recent Presentations

"Stories of Resistance and Persistence: Enslaved Women in Prince William County." Manassas Lifelong Learning Institute. Manassas, Virginia. April 2018.

"Resistance and Persistence: Enslaved Women in Prince William County." Virginia Women in History Presentation. Ruth E. Lloyd Information Center for Genealogy and Local History, Bull Run Library, Manassas, Virginia. October 2017.

“Within These Walls: Slavery, Resistance, and Protest in Prince William County 1822 to 1860.” Invited Speaker. Brentsville, VA Historic Center Jail Opening Ceremony. May 2017.

"Freedom Seekers, Public Opinion and the Law." Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Talks. Oatlands, Virginia. February 2016.

"Slave Trials at Brentsville, Virginia in the 1850s." Lest We Forget: A Conference on Enslavement and Emancipation. Prince William County Historic Preservation Division. February 2013.

"Murder, Law, Sympathy, and Justice in 1850 Virginia: The Prince William County Trial of Agnes, an Enslaved Woman." George Mason Department of History and Art History M.A. Colloquium, April 2010.