— M.A. in Latin American History, University of Texas at Austin
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Lauren Hammond attended the University of Virginia, where she double-majored in History and African and African-American Studies. She interned as the student researcher for the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African and African-American Studies. She graduated from UVA in 2006.
She enrolled in the Latin American History Ph.D. program at the University of Texas at Austin in 2006 and received her M.A. in 2009. After completing a year of research at various archives across the United States and in the Dominican Republic, she has begun to write her dissertation “Outpost of Empire, Endpost of Blackness: African Americans, Dominicans, and U.S. Foreign Policy, 1869-1970.” The project uses African-American involvement in U.S.-Dominican relations from Reconstruction to the height of the Black Freedom Movement to explore the importance of race in foreign policy and provide insight into diplomacy’s role in the development of Afro-diasporic ties between African Americans and Dominicans before mass Dominican migration to the U.S. in 1965.
She has been a recipient of the Carlos E. Castañeda Fellowship and the Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship.