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 Black Power in Appalachia. Her op-ed columns have been published in the Lexington Herald-Leader, the History News Network, and Newsweek. She is a recipient of the Lyman T. Johnson Fellowship, the Robert S. Lipman Graduate Fellowship, the 2018 Eller & Billings Student Research Award, and the Lyman T. Johnson Torch Bearer Award. Currently, Jillean is a Pre-Doctoral Fellow at the Carter G. Woodson Institute of African-American and African Studies at the University of Virginia. 

Selected Publications: 

"Unearthing New Histories of Black Appalachia." Black Perspectives. August 12, 2020. (Book review)

"Appalachian Hillsides as Black Ecologies: Housing, Memory, and the Sanctified Hill Disaster of 1972." Black Perspectives. June 16, 2020.

"Black Women Are Using the Vote They Fought So Hard to Win." History Network News. December 24, 2017. (Op-Ed)




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