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I am a PhD candidate in American History at Queen’s University Belfast, studying the development of African American politics in the Civil War era, particularly in the refugee or “contraband” camps that were established behind Union army lines during the conflict. I began working on this topic as an undergraduate at Queen’s in 2014, completing a dissertation on “Contraband Camps during the American Civil War,” and expanded upon this research in my Master’s thesis on “Slave Politics in the Tumultuous Years Leading up to the American Civil War.” I feel that it is vitally important to look at the grassroots organizing that took place among African Americans at this time, in order to give a more complete picture of the political landscape in the U.S. during the Civil War era.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions