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Department of History


Adedoyin Adekunle

Title: Graduate Student
M.A, Public History
Department: Department of History
College of Arts and Sciences
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Education: BA in History, University of Ibadan, Nigeria


Bio - Adedoyin is a first-year PhD student in the History of Science, Technology, and Environment. Having recently completed a Master’s degree in Public History with a focus on Museum Studies, she wrote a thesis titled Enslaved Black Women: Reproductive Choices and Medicine, which examines the reproductive choices of enslaved Black women in the antebellum South. This work has been widely received at academic conferences.

Her PhD research builds upon this foundation, focusing on the role of medicine in shaping reproductive choices and its broader societal impacts between 1800 and 1860 in America. Adedoyin aims to explore how medical practices and beliefs influenced, and were influenced by, the lived experiences of African American women during this period, shedding light on the complex dynamics of power, control, and autonomy.

During her Master’s program, she worked with the South Carolina State Museum and the Orange County Regional Center as a curatorial research intern and oral historian. Her work in these institutions involved curating exhibits, conducting research, and transcribing oral histories, enriching her understanding of public history and its application. Adedoyin was awarded the prestigious Becht Summer Fellowship in both 2023 and 2024 in recognition of her outstanding research and contributions to Public history. "

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