Eshe Sherley holds a PhD in History from the University of Michigan. Her fellowship project, "Care in Crisis: Black Women and the Politics of Labor in Atlanta, 1968-1984," argues that a network of working poor Black women in Atlanta demanded that national and state governments invest in infrastructures of care. Through their organizing, Sherley shows that they developed a Black feminist politics of social reproduction.
Malcolm Cammeron is a doctoral candidate in the department of History at the University of Virginia. Malcolm's dissertation explores the intersections of urban planning, urban and environmental equalities, and social movements in the U.S. South. Following World War II, many southern cities undertook ambitious planning and development initiatives to fuel the region’s growth, drive modernization, and fortify Jim Crow. His dissertation is a case study that examines how contestation over changing urban environments informed the local Black freedom struggle.
Jasper works on the history of disabled African Americans in the modern U.S. South. Combining archival research with oral history, his work explores the lived experiences of Black disabled people at residential schools, at work, and in the community. His work is informed by the birth of his second child, who is Deaf. Disability Studies Quarterly is publishing his article “Blind and Deaf Together: Cross-Disability Community at Virginia’s Residential School for Black Disabled Youth” in an upcoming issue of the peer-reviewed journal.
Dissertation title: Enslaved Convicts in Imperial Spaces: Race and Penal Transportation during the Abolition Era
Post-fellowship placement: Assistant Professor of History North Carolina State University (tenure-track)
Post-fellowship placement: Assistant Professor of History at Colgate Universty
Dissertation title: Black Teamwork: Football, Diaspora, Politics
Post-fellowship placement: Assistant Professor of History at Florida Atlantic University
Dissertation title: "And We Will Be Devoured’: Construction and the Politics of Dictatorship in Haiti (1957-1986) Women’s Writing"
Post-fellowship placement: Fellowship at the John W. Kluge Center at Library of Congress.
Dissertation title: "In the Wider Interests of Nigeria as a Whole: Lagos and the Making of Federal Nigeria, 1949-76"
Post-fellowship placement: post-doctoral fellowship at Princeton University's Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities
Frances Bell is a PhD candidate in History at William & Mary, focusing on the legalities of slavery in the age of abolition. Her dissertation, titled "'In a State of Flight': The Struggle for Freedom in the Haitian Diaspora, 1791-1830," examines the legal and social interactions of several thousand people who were taken as slaves from revolutionary Haiti to the United States by enslavers fleeing the revolution.