My dissertation, “Vine and Palm Tree: African American Families in Liberia, 1820-1860,” explores the role of families, broadly defined, in both the colonies that came to be known collectively as Liberia and the independent Republic of Liberia. I argue that in early Liberia, family became the central organizing principle through which societal and cultural order was defined. This emphasis brings to the forefront the lived experiences of African American migrant women in early Liberia. I am interested in how religious, racialized, and gendered communities utilized the rhetoric of "the family" to make sense of the often harsh realities of colonization.
2013-2014 Albert M. Greenfield Foundation Fellowship in African American History, Library Company of Philadelphia
2013-2014 Ruth R. and Alyson R. Miller Fellowship in Women’s History, Massachusetts Historical Society
2013-2014 Frances Lewis Fellowship in Gender and Women’s Studies, Virginia Historical Society
2013-2014 Travel Grant, John Hope Franklin Research Center for African and African American History, Duke University