My scholarly and community work focuses on the intersection of race, gender, disability, and visual culture. My dissertation, Troublesome Properties: Slavery, Race, Gender, and Disability in the Still Image, argues that slavery is one of the primary ways that we come to understand bodies in the West - and that you cannot separate race and gender from disability. I focus on the lives of Millie and Christine McKoy, conjoined African American twins born in 1851, who were enslaved, kidnapped, and displayed throughout the United States. You can hear me speaking about my research at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia at the Mutter Museum at the Imperfecta Symposium in March 2018: https://youtu.be/V2f-HrkNkis
In the last year, I've begun giving The Site Unseen tours, tours focused on submerged and underexamined histories. One of the most popular tours is Race, Space, & the Power of Place @ Union Station. The tour explores Union Station as a way to tell the story of the Great Migration of African Americans and that acts as a space where multiple communities interact. The tours are a great example of how I plan to use my degree: to create dynamic learning opportunities that share history with a broader public in meaningful ways. In addition to continuing my work providing innovative public history programming, I would like to continue pursuing museum work, more traditional academic work with scholars and students, and work putting together public history conferences - like the one I currently am working on.
With your help, I can complete my degree and transition to being a scholar and academic who commits to equity and accessibility in education.
- Ben Roberts
- Margaret Sagan
- Kevin Winstead
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