Brittany Frederick holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her research interests include 20th century U.S. history, African American history, higher education, and civil rights. Her dissertation, “The Capstone of My Education: Black Women, Student Power, and the Freedom Struggle in Higher Education,” examined Black women’s intellectual production and social activism in educational spaces throughout the Civil Rights and post-Civil Rights era.
Dr. Frederick completed a predoctoral fellowship through the James Weldon Johnson Institute at Emory University. Her research has also been supported by the Graduate School and the W.E.B. Du Bois Center at the University of Massachusetts. She is currently developing a book manuscript based on her dissertation.
Prior to attending the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Dr. Frederick earned a B.A. in History and an M.A. from the Public History program at the University at Albany (SUNY). She is an experienced archivist and oral historian, completing fieldwork at organizations including the New York State Museum and Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Art.