Jacob Lawrence, Panel No. 1: “During the World War there was a great migration North of Southern Negroes,” The Migration of the Negro (Series), 1940-1941


Amanda T. Boston is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Africana Studies at Brown University and a 2017-2018 Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellow. Her research, writing, and teaching focus on twentieth-century African American history, politics, and popular culture, with an emphasis on the politics and culture of race in the post-civil rights era. She is currently completing her dissertation, “The ‘New’ New York: Race, Space, and Power in Gentrifying Brooklyn,” which explores the racial operations of post-1970 gentrification in Brooklyn, New York and the making and unmaking of the borough’s black communities. Amanda holds an M.A. in Africana Studies from Brown, as well as an M.A. in Political Science and a B.A. in Political Science and African & African American Studies from Duke University.