Black Studies, Black Feminist Theory, 20th-century African American women’s history, oral history, public humanities
B.A. American Culture Studies, Cum Laude, Washington University
Candace Borders graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2017 with a B.A. in American Culture Studies, Cum Laude. Her research questions center on how African-American women experience and theorize their lives at the nexus of race, gender, sexuality, and public assistance. More specifically, she is interested in Black women’s relationship to public housing. As a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow, she wrote an honors thesis, “‘You Knew You Were Equal’: Black Women Constructing Place in Pruitt-Igoe,” based on interviews with Black women who grew up in St. Louis, Missouri’s Pruitt-Igoe housing project. Prior to starting her graduate studies, Candace was an Editorial Assistant for Black Perspectives, the blog of the African American Intellectual History Society and worked as the PNC Arts Alive Fellow at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. She is pursuing a joint Ph.D. in American Studies and African American Studies.