Amanda T. Boston is a Ph.D. candidate in Brown University‘s Department of Africana Studies 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 completing her dissertation, “The ‘New’ New York: Race, Space, and Power in Gentrifying Brooklyn,” which explores the post-1970 gentrification of Brooklyn, New York and the relationship between the history of race and structural racism in Brooklyn, the rise of colorblindness and neoliberalism, and the cumulative vulnerabilities of black residents of gentrifying neighborhoods. Her committee includes Drs. Tricia Rose (chair), Matthew Pratt Guterl, and Barrymore Anthony Bogues.
Amanda is a graduate fellow with Brown’s Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences initiative. She has served as a teaching assistant for graduate and undergraduate courses in the Department of Africana Studies, and most recently designed and taught the course “Black Life in the Post-Industrial City.” In addition to her research and teaching, Amanda is a member of the Graduate Student Advisory Committee for the Harriet W. Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning. She has also served as president of the Samuel M. Nabrit Black Graduate Student Association and as a mentor for the Brown Center for Students of Color‘s ALANA program. In 2016, Amanda became a member of the first cohort of students to receive a master’s degree in Africana Studies from Brown. In the fall of 2017, she will begin her tenure as a graduate student fellow at Brown’s Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America.
Prior to her time at Brown, Amanda attended Duke University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree with departmental honors in both Political Science and African & African American Studies and a master’s degree in Political Science. Her graduate and undergraduate studies there bridged her interests in race, ethnicity, and politics and the social and political resonance of black expressive cultures. At Duke, Amanda was a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow and a Dean’s Graduate Fellow. She also served as a graduate fellow at the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in the Social Sciences.
Amanda was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and is a proud alumna of New York City public schools, the Prep for Prep program, and Poly Prep Country Day School. In addition to scholarship and teaching, she is passionate about social justice, travel, music, Duke basketball, and black sitcoms from the 1990s.