National Fellow

Danielle Wiggins

Jefferson Scholars Foundation National Fellow
Class: 2018
B.A. Yale University (2012)
Fields of Interest:
African American History
American Political Development
Economic Policy
Urban History
National Fellow
Dream Mentor:
Elizabeth Hinton (Harvard University)

Danielle Wiggins is a Ph.D. candidate in History at Emory University, specializing in African American political history and urban political economy. Wiggins received her B.A. in History from Yale in 2012. Her dissertation examines the politics of public safety and economic development among Atlanta’s black political class during the 1970s and 1980s. She argues that through the politics of development and crime control policy, specifically, black political leaders developed a post-civil rights, black neoliberal politics that championed personal responsibility, the reconstruction of the black family, and the protection of black capital. In addition to writing her dissertation, Wiggins is currently working on two articles: the first examines debates concerning gun control policy in 1970s black politics, the second unpacks discussions of the black family and so-called black-on-black crime in black political discourse in the 1980s. During her tenure at Emory, Wiggins has been involved in the leadership of the Workshop in U.S. History and the African American Studies Collective, and has served as a graduate assistant at the James Weldon Johnson Institute, a graduate assistant in the Mellon-Mays/UNCF Summer Institute, a teaching assistant and editor with the Emory Civil Rights Cold Cases Project, and a graduate fellow at the Laney Graduate School’s Office for Emory Diversifying Graduate Education (EDGE).

Thesis Description

Crime Capital: Economic Development, Public Safety, and the Origins of Post-Civil Rights Politics in Atlanta

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