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Frederick Douglass Day 2021: Honored Guests

Dr. Shayla Nunnally

Shayla C. Nunnally is a professor of political science and chair of the Africana Studies Program at the University of Tennessee, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in American politics and African American politics, public opinion, and political behavior. She is a summa cum laude graduate of North Carolina Central University. She received her MA and PhD in political science at Duke University. Professor Nunnally specializes in research on political socialization, racial socialization, trust, intergroup relations and attitudes, social capital, collective memory and memory transmission, black American partisanship, black (political) institutions, and African American political development.

Dr. Brigitte Fielder

Brigitte Fielder is an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is (with Jonathan Senchyne) co-editor of Against a Sharp White Background: Infrastructures of African-American Print. Her first book, Relative Races: Genealogies of Interracial Kinship in Nineteenth-Century America is was published by Duke University Press in fall 2020. She is currently working on a second book, on racialized human-animal relationships in the long nineteenth century which shows how childhood becomes a key site for (often simultaneous) humanization and racialization.  

Dr. Enkeshi El-Amin

Enkeshi El-Amin is a researcher, and culture worker in Knoxville Tennessee. She currently teaches at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where she earned a Ph.D. in sociology. Her research, exploring the link between race and place, is focused on how racial practices shape Black places and how Black people in turn are involved in practices that define, contest, and reimagine places. Her dissertation is focused on Black people’s relationship to place within the context of urban Appalachia. Prior to her time at the University of Tennessee, Enkeshi completed her master’s degree in Pan African studies at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York and her bachelor's degree in Psychology and Africana Studies at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia. Along with her research and teaching, Enkeshi maintains an active involvement in community and culture work. She is a producer and co-host of the Black in Appalachia podcast, a collaboration between East Tennessee PBS and Public Radio Exchange (PRX) that seeks to make visible the stories of Black people in and through the Appalachian region. She also founded, The Bottom, a multi-use community space in Knoxville with the mission of building community, celebrating culture, and engaging the creativity of the Black community in Knoxville. Furthermore, in organizations like Knoxville Rescue and Restoration and the City Council Movement, Enkeshi works to bring about social, political, and economic change and build community among African American and/or other marginalized groups in Knoxville.