2018-2019 Scholars

Kelli R. Coles, University of DelawareKelli Coles  is a curator and scholar of Black material culture. She is an African American Public Humanities Fellow and Colored Conventions Project Scholar. Her research centers needlework samplers made by Black American schoolgirls in the 18th and 19th centuries to understand the emergence of Black American girlhood identity, creativity, domesticity and the education of children of color in the United States. Kelli received her B.S. in Interior Design, 2002 from Drexel University; her M.S. in Historic Preservation from The University of Pennsylvania in 2005 and her M.A. in History & with a  Museum Studies Certificate, 2018, from the University of Delaware.  Besides her scholarly pursuits she also enjoys singing on her church choir, ashtanga vinyasa yoga, and dancing.  Kelli is a Ph.D. candidate in the History Department.


Adam McNeil is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History at the University of Delaware with research interests in Black Women’s Intellectual and Political History. He is an African American Public Humanities Initiative and Colored Conventions Project Scholar.  His undergraduate education was at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) where I graduated in 2015 with degree in History, and he received an M.A. in History from Simmons College in 2018.  Adam’s primary interest is in the nineteenth century with a focus on how Black women derived notions of belonging in the United States during the abolitionist movement. His master’s thesis, entitled “Finding a Home: Colonization, Performative Citizenship, and the Civil War in the Lives of Black Women Abolitionists, 1830-1865.” It focused on  Maria Stewart, Sarah Forten, Charlotte Forten, Harriet Tubman, and Sarah Parker Remond each understood how, despite their embattled statuses as nominally free Black women in a slaving nation, they should benefit from the spoils of American economic success.

Allegra Taylor
Allegra Taylor
is a Ph.D. candidate in the English Department at the University of Delaware.  In her first year, she will also be acting as a Teaching Assistant within the Department of English.   Allegra received her BA in English from Dartmouth College, her Master of Professional Studies in Africana Studies from Cornell University and her Master of Liberal Studies in Humanities from the Johns Hopkins University.  Her previous career experience includes the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Museum of American History.



Monet Timmons

Monet Timmons is a Ph.D. candidate in the English Department at the University of Delaware with research interests in 19th and 20th century African American literature with an emphasis on slave narratives and the marginalization of Black women writers. She received her B.A. in English and African American Studies in the spring of 2018 at Emory University in Atlanta, GA.  Monet has an extensive background in archival research through Emory’s Stuart A. Rose Manuscripts, Archives, and Rare Book Library where she examined the manuscripts of Alice Walker, Audre Lorde, and Claudia Jones.  Monet continues this passion for archival research and Black literary studies as an African American Public Humanities Initiative (AAPHI) Fellow.