Graduate Student Bios

Beatrice J. Adams is a doctoral candidate in African-American and African Diaspora History at Rutgers University. She received an M.A. in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago and a B.A. in History from Fisk University. In her dissertation examines African Americans’ relationship to the American South focusing on issues of identity, belonging, and migration. Centered on the experiences of African Americans who remained in and returned to the American South during the period commonly associated with the Great Migration, her project aims to interrogate the role of migration in both African Americans’ quotidian realizations of freedom and conceptualizations of freedom.