Alumni (National Fellow)

Danielle Wiggins

Jefferson Scholars Foundation National Fellow
B.A. Yale University (2012)
Ph.D. Emory University (2018)
Professional Sector:
Dream Mentor:
Elizabeth Hinton
Harvard University
Fields of Interest:
African American History
American Political Development
Economic Policy
Urban History


Danielle Wiggins received her Ph.D in history at Emory University in May 2018, where she specializes in African American political history and urban political economy. Wiggins received her B.A. in History from Yale in 2012. Her dissertation examines the politics of public safety and urban development in post-civil rights Atlanta. She argues that Atlanta’s emergent black political class advocated market-based development policies and punitive public safety procedures that were undergirded by notions of self-help, “traditional” family values, the sanctity of capital, and above all, order. In doing so, black political officials in Atlanta were key figures in the development of the political principles that would prevail in urban governance and in the Democratic Party by the 1990s. After graduating from Emory in May 2018, Wiggins will be in residence at the Jefferson Scholars Foundation as a visiting scholar for the 2018-2019 academic year. In the fall of 2019, she will join the faculty of the California Institute of Technology as an assistant professor of U.S. History.

Thesis Description:

Crime Capital: Economic Development, Public Safety, Urban Development, and Black Politics in Post-Civil Rights Atlanta

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