Ph.D. African Diaspora History, 2016 New York University
Dissertation: "Adopting Diaspora: African American Military Women in Cold War West Germany."
Advisor: Michael Gomez. Committee: Michele Mitchell, Martin Klimke, Maria Hoehn, Mary Nolan.
M.A. U.S./African-American History, 2009 Seton Hall University
B.A. American Studies, Economics, Civil Law, 2006 Westfälische-Wilhelms-Universität, Germany
Comparative Diasporas; Civil Rights Movement; diasporic formations and encounters; African Diaspora in Europe; Black women’s activism; American GI’s and interracial relationships; Postwar German race and gender relations.
SELECTED FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS
2015-2016 Margaret Brown Fellowship for Dissertation Completion
2009-2015 Henry M. MacCracken Program Fellowship, New York University
2013 History Department Summer Research Grant, New York University
2013 Provost's Global Research Initiatives Fellowship, New York University Washington, D.C., March-April
2013 German Historical Institute, Doctoral Fellowship, March
2012 German Historical Institute, Doctoral Fellowship, July
2012 Mellon Pre-dissertation Summer Research Grant
2007-2009 History Graduate Assistantship, Seton Hall University
2006-2007 German Language Fellowship, Vassar College
“When Things Get Hairy: Afros, Cornrows, and the Desegregation of U.S. Military Hair Salons in West Germany,” forthcoming in African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal September 2017.
Chapters in Edited Collections
“Peripheral Inconsistencies: Martha Stark and Afro-German Experiences during the Third Reich,” in Remapping Black Germany: New Perspectives on Afro-German History, Politics and Culture, Sara Lennox Ed. (University of Massachusetts Press, December 2016).
"Black Wives, White Maids: Social Implications of Black Military Wives in US-Occupied Germany," on The Civil Rights Struggle, African-American GIs, and Germany (November, 2016).
“’On Black Feminism’ – A Q&A with Kristal Brent Zook,” TRIBE de MAMA Magazine Vol. 10 (November, 2016). Also available as a podcast here.
Works in Progress
Adopting Diaspora: African American Military Women in Cold War West Germany. Book Manuscript.
“’From that Day on We Kept Her’: African American Military Women and the Adoptions of Germany’s Black Children.”
2013 “Black American Military Women in Cold War West Germany,” German Historical Institute, PhD Colloquium, Washington, D.C., March 21.
2013 “Black American Military Women in Cold War West Germany,” History Department, Research Colloquia, JFK Institute at Free University Berlin, Germany, April 25.
2013 “Black American Military Women in Cold War West Germany,” American Studies Works in Progress Workshop, Westfälische-Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany, April 29.
2011 “The Experiences of African American Servicewomen and Military Wives in Germany: An Oral History Project,” Seton Hall University, October 26.
SELECTED CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION
2013 Panel Chair, "Gendering Diaspora: Centering Black Women’s Narratives," 7th Biennial Conference of the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD), Santo Domingo, The Dominican Republic, October 30-November 2.
2011 Panel Chair, “Civil Rights in Transatlantic Perspective,” First Annual Black German Convention, German Historical Institute, Washington D.C., August 19-21.
2014 “Adopting Diaspora: Black American Military Women and Germany’s ‘Brown Babies,’” African/ Diaspora Student Workshop, New York University, January 29.
2013 “Black American Military Women’s Activism in Postwar Germany,” Third Annual Black German Convention, Amherst College, MA, August 8-11.
2011 “Peripheral Inconsistencies: Martha Stark and Afro-German Experiences during the Third Reich,” German Studies Association Conference. Louisville, Kentucky, September 22-25.
2011 “The ‘Amazing, True Life Story of a Negro Girl in Germany Who Fought Hitler – and Won:’ Martha Stark and African American Identity Formation in a Transnational Context,” 6th Biennial Conference of the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD). Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. November 3-6.
“Visions of Diaspora: African American and Black German Encounters in Cold War West Germany,” to be submitted to the 9th Biennial Conference of the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD), Seville, Spain, 7-11 November 2017.
San Diego State University
Lecturer, European Studies Department (since Spring 2017)
New York University
“Black Europe,” Sole Instructor (Fall 2012)
German Language Courses, Sole Instructor (Fall 2006 and Spring 2007)
Poughkeepsie High School, New York
Guest Lecturer on German Culture through Vassar College's Language in Motion International Outreach Program (Fall 2006 and Spring 2007)
RESEARCH AND OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
2011-present Associate Scholar with the Research Initiative and Digital Archive: “The Civil Rights Struggle, African American GIs, and Germany”, a collaborative project of the German Historical Institute, D.C., the Heidelberg Center for American Studies, and Vassar College.
2007-2009 Graduate Program Assistant, Seton Hall University, History Department. Coordinator of “NJ History Day,” a state-wide outreach program encouraging historical research at the high school level
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS AND WORKING GROUPS
Africa~Diaspora Forum, New York University
African/Diaspora Student Workshop, Founding Member, New York University
American Historical Association (AHA)
Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD)
Black German Heritage and Research Association (BGHRA)
Black Europe; Sexuality and Gender in the African Diaspora; the Civil Rights Movement in a Transnational Framework; Colonial Africa; Gender Theory in African History; the Transatlantic Slave Trade; Cultural Formations in the African Diaspora; Black GIs in Postwar Germany; Black Experiences in the U.S. Military Empire.
2016-present Curriculum Consultant for content related to Black Studies
Albert Einstein Academies Charter Schools, San Diego
2016 Managing Editor and Content Curator for Black Cultural Issues
TRIBE de MAMA Magazine and Podcast (http://www.tribedemama.com/podcast/)
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