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Congratulations Dr. Eaton

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 Dr. Kalenda Eaton selected as Director of Oklahoma Research for National Park Service's Black Homesteader Project. Read more here:

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Congratulations to our very own Dr. Jermaine Thibodeaux for successfully defending his dissertation on Thursday, October 28, 2021. He earned his Ph.D. in History from the University of Texas at Austin.

Our very own, Dr. Greg Graham will participate in the panel discussion. 

Dr. Jermaine Thibodeaux will lead the presentation. He will discuss the story of the Battle family and how the story links to the patterns of mass incarceration. 


The Data Institute for Societal Challenges has awarded Dr. Kalenda Eaton (Clara Luper Department of African and African American Studies) a seed grant for the project “Locating, Cataloging, and Assessing Historical Land Ownership Data in Rural African American Communities in Western Oklahoma.” The DISC seed funding competitions are intended to address short-term project needs that are necessary to enhance projects that will be competitive for large external grants. Through her work with the Oklahoma Homesteading project, Eaton has noted a lack of accessible historical data for institutions, communities, and state agencies attempting to accurately chronicle state history and address the needs and concerns of rural Black Oklahomans. Her goal is to apply for large federal and private grant funding to support the project’s greater data and digital humanities needs.