Karsonya (Kaye) Whitehead, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the communication department at Loyola University Maryland, has received a summer faculty stipend from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to support her ongoing work on her book, Emilie F. Davis—Her Life, In Her Own Words: Analyzing the 1863-1865 Pocket Diaries of a Freeborn Colored Woman.
The award has been designated an NEH “We the People” project, and is funded in part by this special initiative designed to encourage and strengthen the teaching, study, and understanding of American history and culture through the support of projects that explore significant events and themes and advance knowledge of the principles that define America.
Whitehead, who joined Loyola in 2009, is a graduate of Lincoln University in Pennsylvania. She completed her master’s degree in International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame and her Ph.D. in Language, Literacy and Culture at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
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