Dr. Kibibi Mack-Shelton

Dr. Mack-Shelton is a scholar-historian of southern African American women's history and African American history and culture (1800s to 1950s).


Dr. Mack-Shelton is a native of Orangeburg, South Carolina. She received her B.A. degree in English at the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore; the M.A. in History from Northwestern University and PhD in History from SUNY-Binghampton. Married to USPTA tennis professional, Ron Shelton, they are proud parents of four bright daughters and one son. She also enjoy their Maltiese dog and five active grandchildren. She returned home to Orangeburg, SC to teach at Claflin University in 2014.

Dr. Mack-Shelton is the author and editor of numerous publications that include articles, books, book reviews, and literature for youth.


  • B.A. Degree in History, University of Maryland, Eastern Shore
  • M.A. Degree in History, Northwestern University
  • PhD Degree in History, SUNY-Binghamton

Research Interests

  • Southern U.S. Culture
  • Women and Girls
  • African American History
  • Family and Youth Studies
  • Comparative Black Diaspora Women

Activities and Honors

  • Member, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
  • Member, Orangeburg Historical Society
  • Member, South Caroliniana Library
  • Member, South Carolina Historical Association
  • Church: Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Orangeburg
  • Fun and Relaxation: Reading Fiction; Reality TV; Family Time; Traveling; Tennis; Pickleball.

Recent Publications

African American Heritage: Introduction to the Black Experience, iBook Format, Claflin, 2016

Ghosts and Memories: White and Black Southern Women's Lives and Writings, Vol. 2, Co-Editor Christiana Bieber Lake (Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press, 2011)

Ahead of Her Time in Yesteryear: Geraldine Pierce Zimmerman Comes of Age In A Southern African American Family (Knoxville, TN: University of Tennessee Press, 2010)

Dr. Mack-Shelton
Dr. Kibibi Mack-Shelton
Professor of History
  • School of Humanities & Social Sciences
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