Graduate Student Bios

Whitney Fields is a Ph.D. Candidate in History at Rutgers University- New Brunswick, specializing in African American History. Her dissertation is a history of the labors and incarceration of Black children and youth in the early nineteenth century urban North. The project foregrounds Black children as subjects of incarceration and examines how they figured into discourse on abolition, social reform, and emancipation in the nineteenth century. It explores the visions of future progress and possibility that Black parents and communities invested in Black youth in the early nation, and attends to the battles that children waged when they contested the demands of employers and reformers. Whitney received a B.A. in History and American Studies from the College of William and Mary in 2015.