Pamela Sterne KingAssistant Professor; Director, Undergraduate Program
(205) 996-5464
Heritage Hall 360A

Research and Teaching Interests: Civil Rights, Jim Crow segregation and desegregation, Birmingham and Alabama, women's work, oral history, and historic preservation/public history

Office Hours: No summer office hours


  • BA, Samford University, 1975
  • MA, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 1977
  • Post-graduate work, University of Alabama, 1977-1981; University of Pennsylvania, 1979-1980

My 30-plus year career has been on a dual track: one path in academia, and the other in historic preservation and public history. For the first 20 years I worked full-time as the first historic preservationist for the City of Birmingham and as a private consultant in the field; I also taught history as adjunct faculty at UAB and Miles College. The roles then reversed and I became full-time faculty and Director of Undergraduate Programs for the History Department, while remaining active in the fields of historic preservation and public history.

In my capacity as a preservationist for Birmingham I wrote the city's historic preservation ordinance. I took a lead role in nearly every downtown historic revitalization project from 1983-2006, as well as in many neighborhood initiatives. Through this work I became an expert in downtown Birmingham and its many historic neighborhoods, and also learned how history, preservation, and civic improvement are intricately related.

I bring this knowledge of Birmingham and its environs to my career as an academician. It informs my approach to teaching history at UAB and permits me to blend ivory-tower ideas and processes with hands-on civic knowledge. It has also taught me that academic historians have a vital role to play in the life of every community.

Recent Courses

  • Birmingham Mansions, Mines, and Jim Crow

Mansions, Mines, and Jim Crow - Pam King from UAB College of Arts and Sciences on Vimeo.

  • Caught on Camera: A Comparison of the Jim Crow South and South African Apartheid, co-taught with Dr. Robert Jefferson

Apartheid Caught on Camera: U.S. and South Africa - Jefferson and King from UAB College of Arts and Sciences on Vimeo.

  • George Wallace: Pariah or Hero
  • Women Rogues, Radicals, and Reformers
  • The Help!: America's Servant Classes (co-taught with Jordan Bauer)

Select Publications


  • The Amaranth Club of Birmingham, Alabama: Cultivating Women and Society (forthcoming, 2013).
  • Fifty Years and Counting: A History of Operation New Birmingham (1957-2007) (Operation New Birmingham, 2008).


Academic Distinctions & Professional Memberships

  • Alabama Historical Association (AHA)
  • Birmingham Historical Society (BHS)
  • National Council of Public History (NCPH)
  • Association for the Study of African America Life and History (ASALAH)

Student Groups