Veta Smith Tucker is a literary and public historian and an educator. She taught African American literature and African American Studies at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan for two decades and launched the Kutsche Office of Local History at the university in 2009. Her major published works include articles on enslaved black women, on forgotten nineteenth-century African American author Julia Collins, on historical fiction by contemporary African American women, and A Twenty-First Century History of the 1847 Kentucky Raid in Cass County, Michigan (2010). She has co-edited A Fluid Frontier. Slavery, Resistance, and the Underground Railroad in the Detroit River Borderland with Karolyn Smardz Frost.