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 Lauren  N.  Henley
Lauren N. Henley
Assistant Professor of Leadership Studies

Dr. Lauren Henley is a historian whose research examines youthfulness, race, gender, religion, and crime in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In general, she considers how Black women and girls became both the victims of and perpetrators of violent crimes in the rural industrial South.

Her current work explores two sides of a specific historical serial killer: the making of said identity and the local communities that were affected. By asking whether or not serial killers can be leaders, Henley seeks to understand how power and influence shape broader historical narratives about perceived criminality.

Henley's work has appeared in the Journal of African American History and Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society. She serves as a reviewer for academic journals and textbook supplements.


Henley, Lauren N. "'Devilish Deeds': Serial Murder and Racial Violence in Austin, Texas, 1884-1885." Journal of African American History 105, no. 1 (2020): 1-27.

Henley, Lauren N. "Contested Commitment: Policing Black Female Juvenile Delinquency at Efland Home, 1919-1939." Souls 20, no. 1 (2018): 38-57.

Henley, Lauren N. "Boiled Boyfriends and Scalded Spouses: Love, Pain, and Devious Behaviors in 20th Century Black America." Gateway Journal 14 (2014): 34-40.

Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin 2020
M.A., University of Texas at Austin 2017
B.A., Washington University in St. Louis 2015
History and African and African-American Studies
Contact Information
234 Jepson Hall
(804) 287-6891
Areas of Expertise
African American History
Ethics of Crime
History of Serial Killers