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Dr Althea Legal-Miller
Teaching Fellow in African American Civil Rights
Althea Legal-Miller received her BA in American Studies with Year
Abroad (University of California, Berkeley), MA in Contemporary Cinema Cultures
and PhD in American Studies all from King’s College London. She has taught at
King’s College London and Arcadia University on visual culture, American civil
rights movements and postwar Britain. She has received a number of prestigious
scholarships and awards, including an AHRC British Research Fellowship at the
John W. Kluge Center in the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., and the Mae
C. King Distinguished Paper Award on Women, Gender and Black Politics from the
Association for the Study of Black Women in Politics (ASBWP).
Her doctoral dissertation 'The unmentionable ugliness of the
jailhouse': Sexualized Violence, the Black Freedom Movement and the Leesburg
Stockade Imprisonment, 1963' explored the history and visual culture memory of
ritualised jail-based sexual violence against female civil rights activists at
the hands of white male southern law-enforcers.
51 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PN
Current teaching and research supervision
Publication, networks and links
Dr Legal-Miller is currently working on restructuring chapters of her dissertation 'The unmentionable ugliness of the jailhouse": Sexualized Violence, the Black Freedom Movement and the Leesburg Stockade Imprisonment, 1963' for publication. Additional academic interests lie chiefly within the area of contemporary African American cinema cultures.
A writer as well as an academic, Dr Legal-Miller’s cultural critiques have appeared in a variety of publications, which include Journal of Women’s History, Clutch Magazine, XO Jane, The Root, and The Grio.
Mistreated and Molested: Jailhouse Violence and the Civil Rights Movement, History of Women in the Americas Seminar Series, Institute of Historical Research, London, 07 January 2013.
Gender and the History of the Americas
7 January 2013
Althea Legal-Miller (Independent Scholar)
Sexualised Violence and the USA Black Freedom Movement, Nzingha Lecture Series, London Metropolitan University, 24 May 2013.
50 Years After The March On Washington, HuffPost Live, 23 August 2013.
Conferences and selected papers
Black Church Activism and Contested Civil Rights Histories, Transatlantic Roundtable on Religion and Race, Institute of Management and Public Administration, Accra, Ghana, 31 July, 2013.
'Unmentionable Ugliness': Student Jail-ins, British Association for American Studies, University of Exeter, 20 April, 2013.
'I Didn't Think Rape': Gendered Expectations and Memories of the Leesburg Stockade Jail-in, 1963, American History Seminar Series, Institute of Historical Research, London, 25 October, 2012.
'Not the kind of thing you usually hear': Dorothy Height and Women’s Mobilization against Political Sexual Violence, History of Women in the Americas, Brunel University, London, 14 March, 2012.
Adolescent Girls and Civil Rights Activism, Oral History Association, Atlanta, Georgia, October, 2010.
Dorothy Height and Women’s Civil Rights Mobilization against Jailhouse Abuses, National Conference of Black Political Scientists, Atlanta, Georgia, March 2010.
The Stockade: A Visual Culture Analysis, The John W. Kluge Center, Library of Congress, Washington D.C., August, 2007.
Freedom, Rights and Power: Recasting Women’s Struggles across the Americas since 1900, St Mary’s University College, London, 27 April, 2013.
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