Graduate Student Bios

Whitney Fields is currently a first year doctoral student at Rutgers University where she studies African American history, American history, and cultural history. She received a B.A. in History and American Studies from the College of William and Mary in 2015. Her research explores the uses of plantation burial grounds by enslaved people. Drawing on testimony and nineteenth century narratives written by formerly enslaved people, she locates the grave as a space where enslaved people formed community, resisted the demands of enslavement, and reinterpreted meanings of freedom.