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Brittany Frederick

Ph.D. StudentPicture of Brittany Fredrick

Fields: Public History, African American History, Modern U.S. History
Faculty: Samuel Redman, Barbara Krauthamer, Chris Appy
Education: B.A. History, University at Albany (2014); M.A. Public History, University at Albany (2015)

My academic interests include the social and cultural history of the modern United States, specifically sociopolitical activism, student power, and youth counterculture during the 1960s and 1970s.

My preliminary dissertation research interrogates the role of universities and higher education in American society, with an emphasis on historical impacts of the national student strike movement of 1970. I am also interested in higher education as it pertains to Black intellectualism, self-actualization and the modern Civil Rights movement.

Currently at UMass, I am serving as co-chair of our Graduate History Association (GHA). I am also continuing my dissertation research through two fellowship programs: the W.E.B. Du Bois Graduate Student Fellowship, and the Research Enhancement and Leadership (REAL) Fellowship.