Jillean McCommons

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  • Ph.D. Candidate
  • History
  • African American and Africana Studies
Research Interests:

M.S., University of Michigan, 2007

M.A., University of Wisconsin - Madison, 2003

B.A., Michigan State University, 2000


Jillean McCommons is a Ph.D. candidate studying the social history of Black Appalachians in the twentieth century. Her op-ed columns have been published in the Lexington Herald-Leader, the History News Network, and Newsweek. She is recipient of the Lyman T. Johnson Fellowship, the Robert S. Lipman Graduate Fellowship, and the 2018 Eller & Billings Student Research Award. She will join the Carter G. Woodson Institute at the University of Virginia from 2020-2022 as a Pre-Doctoral Woodson Fellow. Prior to returning to graduate school in 2017, she spent tens years working as a piblic librarian.

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