Françoise Hamlin's lecture is on the black freedom struggle in Mississippi through the lens of a local fifty-year study in Clarksdale.
Professor Hamlin is the Hans Rothfels Assistant Professor in History and Africana Studies at Brown University. Born and raised in London, England, she earned her B.A. and M.A. in United States Studies in the U.K. before completing her Ph.D. at Yale University.
Her research interests focus on how African Americans negotiate and navigate the world they inhabit and shape. Her upcoming book is At The Crossroads: Clarksdale and the Black Freedom Struggle After World War II and she has completed a co-edited anthology, Thunder at the Gate: African Americans on War, Freedom, Citizenship and Patriotism.