Graduate Student Bios

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Email: lanora.jefferson@rutgers.edu
Current Research: African American, American History

La’Nora graduated from the University of Houston in 2016 with a BA in History. She is a second year doctoral student whose field of focus is 20th century African-American history. La’Nora’s research interests broadly include Black Power organizing in the south, as well as Black women’s activism in Black power. She is also interested in 1960’s radicalism particularly in black student activism and protest. Her dissertation will explore black women’s organizing on southern historically black colleges and universities during the post war period. Specifically, she seeks to highlight black women as key radicalizing agents in the college campus setting as well as explore how black women students employed Black Power in their attempts to change higher education.