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Name: Lauren Eglen

PhD: American Studies

Thesis Title: 'Just As Fierce Leaders': Esther Cooper Jackson, Gender, Space and Leadership in the Long Black Freedom Struggle, 1935-85

 

Thesis Description:

My project explores the ways black women's leadership operates in different institutional spaces. Using the activism of Esther Cooper Jackson as a focus, I look at how African American women adopted varying leadership styles and strategies relative to the space in which they were working. This will include their leadership in formal structured organisations such as the Southern Negro Youth Congress, unstructured community/family spaces such as Jackson's Anti-Smith Act activism on behalf of her family, and their leadership in freedom struggle publications such as Freedomways. My project aims to complicate current narratives of black women's leadership in the long black freedom struggle, demonstrating the ways in which space shapes activist strategy and moving beyond the local/national binary of current leadership scholarship.

 

Supervisors and Institution(s): University of Nottingham

Professor Peter Ling and Dr Karen Salt

 

Publications (please include full details with page nos. or web links):

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Scholarly / Public Engagement Activities:

Conference Papers

'The Radical Repercussions of Respectability: The Activism of Dr Dorothy Height', HOTCUS Winter Symposium, February 2018

'Race and the American Working Mother: African American Women's Social Activism Between the Waves, 1930-1965, EBASS 2018, April 2018

'Making Space: Black Women’s Activism in Freedomways Magazine, 1961-1985', SHAW Society 2018 Annual Conference, July 2018

 

Other Research Interests:

  • Twentieth Century US Social Movements; 
  • Civil Rights Movement; 
  • Black Power Movement; 
  • Second Wave Feminist Movement; 
  • African American History; 
  • Women's History
  • Modern Slavery

 

 

University email address: lauren.eglen@nottingham.ac.uk

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