Dr. Eve Wade

Assistant Professor

B.A Northern Illinois University, 1995
M.A. Roosevelt University, 2008
PhD University of Southern Mississippi, 2019


Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Eve Wade comes to Northwest University with a variety of work experience. After obtaining her bachelor’s degree, Eve worked in social services for more than a decade. As a case manager she helped state wards to reunify with their families or to secure a forever home. In her capacity as licensing worker and supervisor Eve worked to recruit, license, and monitor foster homes as well as to build a strong foster parent network. In 2010 Eve’s licensing program was recognized by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services for excellence in encouraging dignity and respect.

During her term as a case manager, conversations with underserved youth and a longtime love for history led Eve to pursue an advanced degree. Eve’s dissertation “Becoming Bronzeville: The Origin of Black Metropolis in a Southern City” uses Hattiesburg’s historically African American settlement, Mobile Street, to document the rise of the southern Black Metropolis.  The study also analyzes the economic, social, and intellectual advancements made by southern migrants and their influence in replicating these communities in northern cities. In addition to doctoral study, Eve also holds a Graduate Certificate in Public History.  She has experience curating and preserving electronic and archival documents at the McCain Library & Archives and has worked as with the Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage to interview veterans of the Civil Rights Movement including the late Peggy Jean Connor.

At Northwest University Eve uses her education and experience in United States history, Race and Ethnicity, and the history of Latin America to teach courses that focus on the multinational and multifaceted nature of our shared past. To enhance her academic activities, Eve maintains memberships in the Association for the Study of African American Life and History and the Association of Black Women Historians.


When not exploring local museums, aquariums, and movie theatres with her husband and three children, Eve enjoys walking and water aerobics.


Mississippi Encyclopedia. “Connor, Peggy Jean.” Center for Study of Southern Culture, 2019.

Envisioning World Civilizations: A Primary Source Workbook. History Department,  University of Southern Mississippi, Fourth Edition. Boston: Cengage Learning, 2017.

“Contested Space: Mississippi Runaway Slave Advertisements, Violence, and The Body.” Journal of Mississippi History 75 (Summer 2013), 107-119.


Association for the Study of African American Life & History (ASALH)  103rd Annual Conference, 2018.  “’We Stick Together:’ Migration Clubs and Bronzeville’s Mississippi Settlement.”                        

African American Military History Museum Baird Fellowship Lecture 2017. “The Rise of Mobile Street, 1884-1920.”

Mississippi Historical Society Annual Conference, 2015. “Beyond the Civil War: Soldiers and the Rise of Mobile Street.”

Gulf South History and Humanities Center Thirty-First Annual Conference, 2013. “From Bondage to Freedom: Mississippi Runaway Slave Advertisements, Violence and the Body.”