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Department of History


Jill Found

Title: Graduate Student
PhD, U.S. History
Department: History
College of Arts and Sciences
Jill Found

Advisor: Woody Holton

Education: B.A. in History, College of William and Mary (2013), M.A.Ed. in Secondary Social Studies Curriculum and Instruction, College of William and Mary (2014)

Bio: I research the lived experiences of enslaved people on college campuses. My dissertation focuses on the lives of men and women enslaved at institutions of higher learning in the American South, analyzing the attempts of enslaved people to negotiate their lives within the system of slavery. This research has been supported by the University of South Carolina's Office for the Vice President for Research's SPARC grant.

I am also an active public historian with a focus on African American and early American history. I have worked with the Center for Civil Rights History and Research at the University of South Carolina as a graduate assistant to curate the Justice for All: South Carolina and the American Civil Rights Movement exhibit in the spring of 2019 and wrote the successful National Register of Historic Places nominations for the Booker T. Washington Auditorium and Mother Emanuel AME Church. I have also worked as an interpreter and museum educator at Historic Columbia since 2016. 

In addition to previously teaching high school history, I have served as a Teaching Assistant for United States History to 1877. 


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