Dr. Charissa Threat, Assistant Professor of History, received a Faculty Fellowship award from NEH, an award which funds less than 10% of applicants. She has been awarded $25,200 to continue her research and writing of her article “Searching for Colored Pin-Up Girls: Race, Gender, and Sexuality during World War II”. This article explores how the availability of African American women’s images shaped understandings about race and gendered identities during World War II. Her work will examine the link between African American soldiers abroad and discourses on race and sexuality at home. The utilization of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the Auburn Avenue Research Center and the Atlanta History Center will give Dr. Threat the opportunity to investigate the personal stories and images of the black pin ups and soldiers during World War II. The completion of her work will allow her to publish her article to inform and educate the public from veterans’ groups to students in classrooms.
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