My name is Pamela Walker and I am an incoming PhD student to the department of History at Rutgers University. I graduated from the University of Tennessee with a bachelor’s degree in history in 2011 and graduated from the University of New Orleans with an MA in history about a month ago.
While I am a bit sad to leave the land of beignets, jambalaya, sunshine, 100% humidity, and [insert any remaining New Orleans identifiers here], I look forward to joining the thriving intellectual community that Rutgers has to offer. The transition to the Northeast will be an adjustment for me. I have spent virtually my entire life in the South and my academic endeavors have kept me here until this point. Rutgers, however, is the perfect opportunity for me to get out of my geographic comfort zone and was the obvious choice for me to continue my studies considering my research interests.
In broad terms, my research interests included African American history, women and genders studies, the politics of Southern poverty and twentieth century social movements. My MA thesis allowed me delve deeper into these areas by examining the discreet but effective ways that black and white mothers participated in Civil Rights protest and resistance. While at Rutgers, I hope to explore the ideas from my MA thesis in greater detail and to shed light on the constraints that race, class, gender, and familial responsibilities have on participation in social movements.
I look forward to learning about funding opportunities through the GradFund Mentoring Program and getting to know you wonderful people!