Department of History
Tanisha Ford

OAH Diversity Fellowship Revived

The IU History Department will resume a partnership with the Organization of American Historians (OAH) to provide a fellowship biennially to an entering PhD student.  The goal is to “recruit new practitioners to the profession of U.S. history who reflect the diversity of the U.S. population as a whole,” according to the fellowship website.

The fellowship provides tuition and fee coverage for six years of study and includes an opportunity for a variety of occupational experiences in the field of history.  Students work as assistants in the OAH executive office in years three and four, and as associate instructors in the Department of History in year five. 

Tanisha Ford, a recent recipient, noted that, in addition to valuable financial support, the fellowship provided an “invaluable experience for learning how to plan a conference, and allowed me to work closely with a cause important to me.”  Tanisha’s dissertation topic, she explains, “offers a cultural history of the Civil Rights-Black Power movement in the United States and in London. Employing the term “soul culture” to describe the hairstyles, clothing, music, and leisure activities of black women coming of age in the 1960s and 70s, the project argues that black women activists used the space of the movement to self-fashion their own modern, liberated identities that were influenced by Pan-African cultures and political tactics.”  Other recent recipients of the fellowship include Siobhan Carter and Angel Flores-Rodriguez.