Principle Investigators

Dr. Jessica Millward

Associate Professor of History at UCI. Millward’s research focuses on slavery in the United States; African American history; and gender, race, and the law.


Dr. Tiffany Willoughby-Herard

Associate Professor of African American Studies, UC Irvine. Willoughby-Herard’s research examines the international dimensions of racialization; racial identities; and the racialization of poverty, as well as Black internationalism.



Content Consultant

Dr. Johanna Fernandez

Associate Professor of History at Baruch CUNY. She is the creator and producer of Inside the Activist Studio. A re-knowned movement organizer, Fernandez is one of the founders of Educators for Mumia and the Campaign to Bring Mumia home.  Fernandez’s book on the Young Lords will be published in December 2019 by UNC press.


Dr. Gina Dent

Gina Dent (Ph.D., English & Comparative Literature, Columbia University) is Associate Professor of Feminist Studies, History of Consciousness, and Legal Studies at University of California, Santa Cruz, where she recently received the 2018-19 Dizikes Faculty Teaching Award in the Humanities.  Her current project grows out of her work as an advocate for human rights and prison abolition—Prison as a Border and Other Essays, on popular culture and the conditions of knowledge.


Elvia Arroyo-Ramirez

Elvia Arroyo-Ramirez is Assistant University Archivist in the Department of Special Collections & Archives at UCI Libraries. Her professional interests include preservation and access to digital archives.


Dr. Thuy Vo Dang

Thuy Vo Dang is the Curator for the Southeast Asian Archive in the University of California, Irvine Libraries. At the core of her project interests lie her commitment to creating equitable and inclusive spaces for storytelling for communities that have been underrepresented.


Krystal Tribbett

Dr. Krystal Tribbett is the Curator for Orange County Regional History in the University of California, Irvine Libraries. She is especially focused on supporting the creation, preservation, and accessibility of histories underrepresented, misrepresented, or absent from dominant narratives of the region.


HBCU Partner

Jewell C. Debnam

Assistant Professor of History at Morgan State University. Her research interests include the intersections of workers’ rights and resistance, the modern Civil Rights Movement, the Black Power Movement, and black women’s activism as well as black women’s working lives in “traditional” and “untraditional” spaces.


Graduate Student Researcher

LaShonda R. Carter

Fifth-year, doctoral student in the program of Culture & Theory. Her research is an interrogation of the limitations of the current lynching lexicon using a rhetorical and linguistic analysis and by focusing on Black women to read the abiding effect of lynching violence.