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Camesha Scruggs

Ph.D. Student

Fields: 20th century U.S. History, African American, Global Women's History 
Faculty: Barbara Krauthamer 
Education: B.A., History, African Studies minor; M.A., Texas Southern University 

My research focuses on these themes: Intersection of class, gender, and ethnicity in domestic labor; Investigation of how legislation affects ethnic minorities’ navigation in space and place within the United States and Britain; Examination of employer-employee relationship through popular culture. Future plans include obtaining a PhD in American History with a concentration in public history. 

My interest in history began with listening to anecdotes from my grandparents, great grandparents and community elders regarding their experiences during the civil rights movement in north Texas. This desire to “tell people’s stories” is what motivates me to make history palatable for public consumption.

My introductory public history experience came as an intern in the Cultural Resources Diversity Internship Program for the Student Conservation Association. I compiled research and created an information repository for interpretive staff and site bulletins titled, “Hired Girl” and “Springfield Faith Communities Site” for park visitors at the Abraham Lincoln National Historic Site in Springfield, Illinois.

Currently, I am an executive board member with the National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites, a national organization devoted to interpreting women’s history at historical sites. Also, I participate with a group of historians that work to make historical presentations to various communities.

cscruggs@history.umass.edu