On the Road to Freedom: A Civil Rights Tour

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Yale Associate Professor Crystal Feimster
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Crystal Feimster

Crystal N. Feimster, a native of North Carolina, is an Associate Professor in the Departments of African American Studies and History and the Programs of American Studies and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Yale University. She earned her Ph. D. in History from Princeton University and her BA in History and Women's Studies from UNC-Chapel Hill. Feimster has also taught at Boston College, UNC-Chapel Hill, and Princeton. She teaches a range of courses in 19th and 20th century African American history, women's history, and southern history. "The Long Civil Rights Movement" and "Critical Race Theory" are her most popular undergraduate courses at Yale. Feimster has received numerous teaching and mentoring awards and is an OAH Distinguished Lecturer. She has been a faculty fellow at the American Academy of Art Science in Cambridge, MA, the Dubois Institute at Harvard, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ, and Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. 

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