Kendra Field is assistant professor of history and director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at Tufts University. Field is the author of the forthcoming book, Growing Up with the Country: Family, Race, and Nation after the Civil War (Yale University Press, 2017). The book traces her ancestors’ migratory lives between the Civil War and the Great Migration. Field served as Assistant Editor to David Levering Lewis' W.E.B. Du Bois: A Biography (Henry Holt, 2009) and has been awarded fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Huntington Library. Her recent essays include "'No Such Thing as Stand Still': Migration and Geopolitics in African American History, in The Journal of American History, and "The Violence of Family Formation: Enslaved Families and Reproductive Labor in the Marketplace." Field has advised and appeared in historical documentary projects, including Henry Louis Gates, Jr.'s “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross" (2013) and "Roots: A History Revealed" (2016). Field received her Ph.D. in American History from New York University. She also holds a Master's in Public Policy from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and a B.A. from Williams College. Previously, Field served as Assistant Professor of History at the University of California, Riverside, and worked in education, community organizing, and the non-profit sector in Boston and New York.
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