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Lynne G. and Laurence H. Brown Family Endowment

Current Recipients:

Richard Daily

Rick is a PhD Candidate from Southern California pursuing a dual-title degree in US History, African American Studies, and a minor in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. His current research interests are incarceration, sexuality, race, and cultural production. For the academic year 2020-2021, Rick will be one of six Pre-Doctoral Fellows with the Center for Humanities and Information at Penn State University. Aside from his love of bowties, Rick enjoys mentoring undergraduate students through the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity.

Mallory Huard

Mallory is a PhD candidate in 19th Century American History pursuing a dual degree with Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. I have taught courses in History, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and African American Studies. She is also an affiliated member of the George and Ann Richards Civil War Era Center. My research interests include American imperialism, trade, women's and gender history, and Hawaii.

Kellianne King

Kellianne is a graduate student in 19th and 20th century United States history pursuing a dual title in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Kellianne's primary area of interest is the history of health and medicine in the latter half of the nineteenth century, particularly the different ways diagnoses and treatment differed along race, gender and class lines.

ShaVonté Mills

ShaVonté is a doctoral candidate in History and African American and Diaspora Studies under the direction of Drs. Christina Snyder and Courtney Morris. Her dissertation, currently titled "Visionaries: The Black Educational Network as Transnational Diasporic Politics, 1840-1880," examines the impromptu black education network that emerged in juxtaposition to the Oberlin Missions' curricula of freedom and citizenship which was taught across the Americas and the Caribbean.

Abdiel (A.J.) Perez

AJ is a second-year graduate student pursuing a Dual-title PhD in History & African American Studies. Currently under the direction of Dr. Amy S. Greenberg, A.J.'s primary field is 19th-century American history and his secondary fields are Race and Latin American history. Succinctly, his dissertation project examines the role of Texas as both a place where American expansionism succeeded and the role of Texas a model for future expansionistic projects. Success in Texas shaped the manner in which American expansionists envisioned future expansion along the Gulf of Mexico, in the Caribbean, and even northward in Canada. Often cast as being neither fully part of the South nor the West, Texas will be central to my examination of antebellum American expansionism. Understood on its own terms, Texas's shifting and contested status will be the prism through which he will examine the shifting ethos, nature, and ideology of antebellum expansionism.