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Nkili Cooper is a first-year PhD student at Rice University. She originally hails from Rochester, New York but has also lived in Atlanta, Georgia and on the outskirts of Washington, D.C. In May 2020, Nkili graduated Summa Cum Laude from Seton Hall University where she majored in History and minored in Africana Studies, Sociology, and Women and Gender Studies. Her Senior Thesis was titled "In the Shadow of Brown: The Social Meaning of Racial Violence against African American Boys, 1955-1958" and explored white supremacist violence against Black boys in the aftermath of the Brown v. Board of Education (1954) decision.


Fields of Study: Racial Violence; African American History; Women's Studies; 20th Century U.S.South


Education: B.A., Seton Hall University, 2020