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Tyler Sperrazza

Tyler Sperrazza

Graduate Student

117 Pond Laboratory
University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 863-6737

Curriculum Vitae

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Education:

  1. Doctoral Candidate, History and African American Studies, Pennsylvania State University
  2. MA, Pennsylvania State University, 2015
  3. BA, Le Moyne College, 2013

Biography:

I am a doctoral candidate in the Departments of History and African American Studies and a member of the George and Ann Richards Civil War Era Center, studying under the direction of Dr. William A. Blair and Dr. Shirley Moody-Turner. My research focuses on African American cultural history during the post-Civil War, pre-Harlem Renaissance era.   I have particular interests in African American legal and cultural responses to urban segregation in northern cities, the Reconstruction-era North, tactics of black protest, and the representation of race in popular culture. I also serve as the editorial assistant for The Journal of the Civil War Era, and served as President of the History Graduate Student Association.

Awards and Service:

McCourtney Pre-Dissertation Grant, Penn State History Department (2016)
E-Tu Zen Sun Award for Outstanding Teaching by a Graduate Assistant, Penn State History Department (2016)
Ann Richards Award, Best Pre-ABD Paper, Penn State History Department (2015)
Stitzer Travel Seed Grant, Penn State History Department (2015)
Russell F. Weigley Graduate Student Travel Grant, Society for Military History (2015)
Seed Grant, Africana Research Center, Penn State University (2014)
MA Thesis Grant, Filson Historical Society (2014)
Ann Richards Award for Best Historiography Paper, Penn State History Department (2014)
E-Tu Zen Sun Award for Outstanding Teaching by a First-Year Graduate Assistant, Penn State History Department (2014)
History Scholar Award, Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History (2013)

The Suzanne V. McClusky Medal for History, Le Moyne College (2013)
The John W. Bush Memorial Award for Best Paper in Historiography (2012) 
Best Paper in Conference, Phi Alpha Theta Western/Central New York Conference (2012)

Specialty:

Nineteenth-Century U.S.

Dissertation:

“Defiant: African American Responses to Northern White Supremacy, 1865-1915”

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