Dr. Tameka Bradley Hobbs is a native of Live Oak, Florida, and a graduate of Florida State University where she earned her doctoral degree in United States History, and Historical Administration and Public History. She has taught courses in American, African American, oral history, and public history at Florida A&M University, Virginia State University in Petersburg, Virginia, and John Tyler Community College, in Chester, Virginia. In addition to her teaching experience, she has served as a researcher, writer, consultant, and director for a number of public and oral history projects in Florida and Virginia, including the African American Trailblazers in Virginia History Program, a statewide educational program focused on celebrating African American History. Her professional experience includes serving as Director of Projects and Program for the John G. Riley Museum and Center of African American History and Culture, located in Tallahassee, Florida. After relocating to Virginia, between 2006 and 2007, Hobbs worked as the historian and coordinator of the Valentine Richmond History Center’s Richmond History Gallery Project.
From 2007 to 2011, Hobbs worked as Program and Education Manager for the Library of Virginia, where she coordinated the African American Trailblazers in Virginia History Program, a statewide educational program focused on celebrating African American History. In 2011, she authored a children’s book about the Library of Virginia entitled To Collect, Protect, and Serve: Behind the Scenes at the Library of Virginia.
Hobbs joined the faculty of Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens, Florida, in August of 2011. In 2012 and 2013, she participated in the “Route to Our Roots: The Power of a Greater Vision” Lecture Series, sponsored by the John G. Riley Center and Museum of African American History and Culture and the Florida Humanities Council for the Viva Florida 500 observance of the state’s quincentennial. Her book, Democracy Abroad, Lynching at Home: Racial Violence in Florida will be published by the University Press of Florida in August 2015.