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Department of History


Ayanna Goines

Title: Graduate Student
MA, Public History (Historic Preservation)
Department: History
College of Arts and Sciences
Ayanna Goines

Pronouns: she/her

Advisor: Dr. Nicole Maskiell

Education: B.A. in Criminal Justice and Criminology and B.A. in History 

Bio: My interests lie in telling the stories of those historically ignored or presented in passing by history. In my undergrad, I focused on my family history to explain the importance of using other, historical sources, rather than depending on genealogical sites like Ancestry, to fully understand where one's family came from and their experiences. Currently, my thesis focuses on the social and cultural interactions between Native American masters and black slaves in early America. Detailing the relationships between these two minorities groups in the Cherokee and Creek native groups, I hope to add to an emerging scholarship that points to another layer of early American slavery, society, culture, and belonging that goes beyond blood. 

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.