Kate Kushner is a first-year graduate student in the Departments of History and African American Studies with research interests in twentieth-century southern history. She is broadly interested in understanding how the Black freedom struggle has impacted political development in the South, especially in states outside of the Deep South.
Before coming to Princeton, Kate graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in Political Science. Her senior thesis examined Black political organizing and Democratic politicians’ responses in North Carolina and Virginia during the 1940s. Kate has also conducted research on the writer and civil rights activist James Weldon Johnson and on the NAACP’s work in the South during its early decades. At Yale, she also served as a student researcher for the Yale and Slavery Working Group.
In her free time, Kate enjoys running, reading, and listening to hard bop jazz. She is originally from Raleigh, North Carolina and is a proud graduate of North Carolina public schools.