PhD Students Receive New Positions

Doctoral student Robert D. Bland, who will receive his PhD in May, has accepted a tenure-track position as assistant professor of African American history at St. John's University in New York City.

Bland's dissertation is titled "Requiem for Reconstruction: The South Carolina Lowcountry and Representations of Race and Citizenship, 1880-1980."


Thanayi Jackson (PhD 2016) has been appointed visiting assistant professor of African American History at Berea College (Berea, Kentucky).  The two-year appointment will begin in fall 2017.  Dr. Jackson is currently an instructor in the American Studies Department at San Jose State University (San Jose, California).

Dr. Jackson's dissertation is entitled "'Devoted to the Interests of His Race': Black Officeholders and the Political Culture of Freedom in Wilmington, North Carolina, 1865-1877."