Jennifer is a PhD student in the history department at UNC Chapel Hill working under Dr. William Sturkey. Raised in St. Paul, MN and a graduate of the University of Chicago, her research, focusing on the U.S. civil rights movement and Southern labor history, has taken her to down south. Her master’s thesis, called GROW: Grassroots Organizing Work, was completed in the spring of 2018. Her thesis examined an interracial labor organizing project in Mississippi in the wake of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s, led by white former members of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.
In Fall of 2017, she served as a Teaching Assistant for the course HIST 125: The Social History of Popular Music in 20th Century America, and in Spring 2018, HIST 367: North Carolina History Since 1875. Jennifer is now working as a field scholar at the Southern Oral History Program at UNC, where she is preparing an undergraduate internship course on voting and the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment. For the last two summers, Jennifer has worked at the SOHP with the Carolina Oral History Teaching Fellowship, which brings K-12 teachers from across the state to UNC to explore ways to incorporate oral history into their classroom teaching. Outside of her work at the SOHP, she is an active member of the Workers Union at UNC.