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Ashley Farmer earned a Ph.D. from Harvard University in African American Studies and History and a BA from Spelman College in French. Her dissertation, entitled What You’ve Got is a Revolution: Black Women’s Movements for Black Power explores African American women’s political and intellectual writings during the black power movement. Through close examinations of the political speeches, pamphlets, and drawings of women in organizations like the Black Panther Party and the Congress of African People, she argues that African American women developed gender-specific political identity models that connected their gendered interests to black power ideology. Ultimately, her research shows that African American women successfully promoted gender equality as a central component of radical movements for racial equality. Farmer’s scholarship serves as a foundation for interpreting how women of color have historically organized around issues of gender inequity and for incorporating gender equality as part of movements dedicated to ending racial and economic disparities.
As a postdoctoral fellow at the Clayman Institute, Farmer will revise her dissertation into a monograph for publication. She will also continue her work developing digital media curricula and programming focused on women’s historical and contemporary activism.