Institute of the Americas
Dr Althea Legal-Miller
Teaching Fellow in African American Civil Rights
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7679 9748
Internal extension: 09748
Location: UCL-Institute of the Americas, 51 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PN
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. She is currently working on restructuring dissertation chapters for publication. Additional academic interests lie chiefly within the area of contemporary African American cinema cultures.
Dr Legal-Miller teaches the option module “African Americans and the Struggle for Civil Rights” on the United States Studies: History and Politics MA programme.
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.
Selected Conference and Seminar 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.
Video Lectures and Media Appearances
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.
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