American Studies, Ph.D. | Expected 2018
Undergraduate Institution | Lane College
Hometown | Greenville, Mississippi
Jonathan choose the College of Liberal Arts because it's home to a community of scholars who work on race, music, and has a curricular focus in diversity and interdisciplinary. His program in American Studies continues to foster his interests in social movements, social injustice, and popular culture, an endeavor he plans to pursue throughout his career in teaching, research, and possibly curatorial work.
Since beginning his Ph.D. at Purdue, Professors Bill Mullen and Rayvon Fouche have been heavily involved in Jonathan's experiences. He met Professor Mullen in 2013 during a Historically Black Institutions visit. While on campus, Professor Mullen showed great interest and appreciation for his work on African American involvement in the anti-Apartheid movement. Professor Fouche is Jonathan's advisor and chair of the American Studies and Asian American Studies programs. Jonathan was able to meet Professor Fouche before coming to campus, and felt he was interested in his success as a scholar and researcher before making the move to West Lafayette in August 2014.
As a Fulbright Scholar, Jonathan would conduct archival research for his dissertation at the National Research Foundation Chair of the Local Histories and Present Realities and the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. He also plans to travel extensively throughout the country visiting the national archives in Pretoria, exhibitions at museums, and visiting various academic departments at Wits. He will build upon his past academic training and tackle a challenging dissertation project that focuses on African Americans and the anti-Apartheid movement. Furthermore, his research will benefit immeasurably from the expertise and oversight of South African scholars.