— A.B., Cornell University, M.A., University of Texas at Austin
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Jermaine Thibodeaux is currently a fourth-year graduate student in the Department of History. A native of Houston, Texas, Jermaine attended Cornell University (2004), where he was selected as a Mellon-Mays Undergraduate Research Fellow. After earning an A.B. in History, with a certificate in the law and society program, Jermaine returned to Texas to teach middle school History and English. In the coming years, Jermaine hopes to complete a dissertation that interrogates the role of the Texas sugar industry in the development and expansion of the state's prison system. His work also examines the impact of black incarcerations in late nineteenth and early twentiet century Texas and how this phenomenon affected Black Texans. His intellectual interests also broadly consider notions of masculinities, criminality, slavery and capitalism. He will be trained in early American, southern, and African American history.