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Jillean McCommons

Research Interests:
African-American history; 20th century US history; the Black Power/Civil Rights Movements
Appalachian history

Jillean McCommons, Ph.D. graduated in May 2022! She is a recipient of the UK Appalachian Center 2018 Eller & Billings Student Research Award, the UK Alumni Association's African American Alumni Group's Lyman T. Johnson Torch Bearer Award, and the UK College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award. Her research explores the social and political history of Black Appalachians during the Civil Rights Movement and Black Power era of the mid-late twentieth century. She has published an essay on Black Perspectives, the blog of the African American Intellectual History Society, and books reviews in the Journal of African American History and the Register of the Kentucky Historical Society. Her public-facing work includes op-eds in the Lexington Herald-Leader, History News Network, and Newsweek. She was a Pre-Doctoral fellow at the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies at the University of Virginia from 2020-2022. Beginning August 2022, she will be Assistant Professor of History and Africana Studies at the University of Richmond.

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