LaNesha DeBardelaben

Position: Graduate Student

Fields: Late 19th & Early 20th Century, African American, Women & Gender

Region: United States

Advisors: Dr. Pero Dagbovie, Dr. LaShawn Harris


Pauline Byrd Johnson, First African American graduate of Kalamazoo College, 1926
Merze Tate, PhD, First African American graduate of Western Michigan University, 1927

LaNesha DeBardelaben is a fifth-year doctoral student in the Department of History at Michigan State University.  She studies late 19th and early 20th century United States history with interdisciplinary interests in African American history and Women’s History/Gender Studies.  Her research interests include black women’s intellectual history, history of African American higher education, black life during the Nadir, and the civil rights struggle in the North.

She completed her B.A. in history at Kalamazoo College, M.A. in history/Museum Studies at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and M.L.S. in Archives Management at Indiana University-Bloomington.  Her professional affiliations include the Association of Black Women Historians (ABWH), Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), the Association of African American Museums (AAAM), and the Organization of American Historians (OAH).

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