Christopher Shell

Year in Program: 1

Fields: Caribbean History, African American History

Advisor: Dr. Glenn Chambers

Committee: TBD

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Educational Background: BA in History from Howard University (2017)


Christopher Shell is a first-year doctoral student in the Department of History at Michigan State University. He studies 20th-century socio-political movements across the Africana world. More specifically, his research focuses on Universal Negro Improvement Association/Garveyite activity in the Caribbean during the years between the World Wars. He is interested in lesser-known, itinerant, Garveyites that were present in the Caribbean islands and how their political activity intersected with religious, independence, and labor union movements during that time. He completed his BA in History, with honors, at Howard University.