Graduate certificate student Shelby Sinclair awarded the CCWH / Berks Graduate Student Fellowship

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Department of African American Studies
Dec. 15, 2021

Shelby Sinclair, a graduate certificate student in the Department of African American Studies, has been selected for the CCWH / Berkshire Conference of Women Historians Graduate Student Fellowship. This award is a $1000 grant given to a graduate student completing a dissertation in a history department. Sinclair's dissertation is titled “‘Gason konn bouke, men pa fanm’: Black Women Workers and the United States Occupation of Haiti, 1915-1934.”

At Princeton University, Shelby Sinclair is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History and the Department of African American Studies focusing on nineteenth and twentieth century Black women’s history in the United States and Caribbean. Her areas of specialization include U.S. empire in the Caribbean, the history of sexual violence, Black feminist theory, and Black women’s labor history. Her dissertation examines Black women’s lives and labors during the U.S. military occupation of Haiti (1915-1934). Shelby earned her B.A. with Honors from Stanford University where she was a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow and recipient of the George M. Frederickson Award for Excellence in Honors Research. Before joining the history department, Shelby worked in senior leadership recruiting at Google, Inc.