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Felicia Bevel

A native of Rochester, NY, Felicia is a doctoral student in American Studies at Brown University. Following her senior thesis in Columbia University's Department of Sociology, which examined the romanticization of the Old South by two ladies' heritage organizations between 1890 and 1920, she researches the intersection of race, memory, and nationhood across geographical context by analyzing the spread of Old South nostalgia outside of the U.S. in places such as England and Canada. A current project involves the examination of professional and amateur blackface minstrel troupes that traveled between the U.S. and Canada during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Education: B.A. Sociology (w/a concentration in African American Studies), Columbia University, 2013

Research Interests: race, memory, nationhood, late nineteenth/early twentieth century American history, visual and material culture, transnational studies, African American history, whiteness studies

Selected Conference Presentations
"Re-imagining the Past: White Racial Identity Construction through Historical Narrative in United Daughters of the Confederacy and Daughters of the American Revolution," Conference of Ford Fellows, Washington, D.C., 2013

"The Adulteration of Whiteness: Deconstructing 'True Womanhood' in the Antebellum South through the New Orleans Placage System, 1840-1860," Ronald E. McNair California Scholars Symposium, UC Berkeley, 2011

Professional Experience
Research Assistant for Professor Alondra Nelson, Department of Sociology at Columbia University, 2012-2013

Fellowships/Awards
Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship, 2013

Senior Thesis Honors, Columbia University, 2013

SROP Fellowship, University of Michigan, 2012

Ronald E. McNair Scholar, 2011

Professional Affiliations
American Studies Association

American Historical Association

American Culture Association

Southern Historical Association