Alumni (National Fellow)

Jessica Levy

Louis Galambos National Fellow
Class: 2018
Degrees:
B.A. Emory University (2008)
M.A. University of Chicago (2011)
M.A. Johns Hopkins University (2014)
Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University (2018)
Fields of Interest:
African American History
Economic Policy
Region: Africa
Social History
Department:
National Fellow
Dream Mentor:
Bethany Moreton (Department of History, Dartmouth College)

Thesis Description

Black Power, Inc.: Global American Business and the Post-Apartheid City
“Black Power, Inc.” examines the transnational rise of black empowerment in the United States and southern Africa. Black empowerment, including private and government programs promoting job-training, community development, and black entrepreneurship, flourished as a popular response to post-war social unrest in cities from Philadelphia to Johannesburg. “Black Power, Inc.” analyzes the intellectual and financial investments corporate executives, government bureaucrats, and black entrepreneurs made in transforming black militants into “productive citizens.” By centering private capital alongside state violence, I explain Black Power’s demise in a way that reveals the seeds of political conservatism that blossomed within the global black freedom struggle.

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