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2018-2019 Fellows

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Sam C. Tenorio

Sam C. Tenorio

 

African American Studies

Northwestern University, 2018

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Sam C. Tenorio holds a Ph.D. in African American Studies with a subfield in Political Theory from Northwestern University (2018). Their research interests revolve primarily around black political thought, anarchism, carcerality, as well as the history of chattel slavery and its afterlives. They have regularly presented their work at the American Studies Association, National Women’s Studies Association, and Law and Society Association. Dr. Tenorio is currently working on a book manuscript that explores the spatial and anarchist lineages of black political practices.

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J. Marlena Edwards

J. Marlena Edwards

 

African American & African Studies and History

Michigan State University, 2018

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J. Marlena Edwards obtained a dual-major doctorate in African American & African Studies and History from Michigan State University. At MSU, she was a University Enrichment Fellow and Dr. Martin Luther King Endowed Fellow. Her research interests include multiethnic African American identities, Cape Verdean and Afro-Caribbean immigration, U.S. imperialism, women, gender, immigration in the United States, and African diaspora history. Her dissertation, “‘…To Do Credit to My Nation, Wherever I Go’: West Indian and Cape Verdean Immigrants in Southeastern New England, 1890–1940,” explored the role of Cape Verdean and West Indian immigrant organizations, social networks, and neighborhood connections as sites of adhesion to tradition and ethnicity, maintaining relations with their homeland, and forging diasporic communities in the United States. Dr. Edwards is currently developing a book manuscript building expanding on her dissertation project and working on an article about New York’s American West Indian Ladies Aid Society.  Dr. Edwards obtained a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a master’s degree in History from the State University of New York at Binghamton University. Prior to attending Michigan State University, she was proud to serve as volunteer manager and educational coordinator for several community-based non-profits, community centers, and schools in New York City.

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Dara Walker

Dara Walker

 

History

Rutgers University, 2018

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Dara Walker holds a Ph.D. in History from Rutgers University. Her research and teaching interests include African American history, urban history, 20th century U.S. history, Public History, and the digital humanities. She received her B.S. in African American Studies from Eastern Michigan University in 2009 as a Ronald E. McNair Scholar and a M.A. in Pan-African Studies from Syracuse University in 2011. She is currently writing her dissertation Black Power, Youth Politics, and Education in Detroit1966-1973, which examines the role of the high school organizing tradition in the development of black radical politics. Her research has been funded by the Ford Foundation’s Dissertation Fellowship, the Walter P. Reuther Library's Albert Shanker Fellowship for Research in Education, and Rutgers University.

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