Jillean McCommons

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  • Ph.D. Candidate
  • Teaching Assistant
  • History
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 and librarian. Her research explores the political and cultural history of Black Appalachians during the Black Power era. 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. 

Selected Publications: 

"Cabbell Gave Voice, History, Activism to Black Appalachians," Lexington Herald-Leader. June 6, 2018. (Op-Ed)

“Black Women Are Eagerly Using the Votes They Fought For,” Newsweek. December 29, 2017. (Op-Ed)

"Manuel Querino" in The Encyclopedia of African American Culture and History: The Black Experience in the Americas. 2nd Edition. New York: Macmillan Reference USA, December 2005.



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