Hooks Graduate Assistants

About

Graduate Assistantships at the Hooks Institute provide tuition assistance and stipends to outstanding students who are dedicated to social change. Graduate assistants are full-time students who provide 20 hours of service weekly to the Hooks Institute. They assist in research projects, development of programs, work with faculty on Hooks Institute projects, and receive extensive exposure to the Hooks Institute's management and guests, including national figures and noted civil rights activists. These experiences provide graduate students with work experience and credit on certain projects that can be used to show career progression.

Current Hooks Institute Graduate Assistants

Jasmine Stansberry is a graduate student, currently pursuing a Masters in History at the U of M. Her interests are Twentieth century African-American history, with an emphasis on the Civil Rights and Black Power movements. Jasmine is also a member of GAAAH (Graduate Association for African-American History) at the U of M, and will be working with the Lynching Sites Project of Memphis to help survey civil rights era cold cases. Working with the community is of great importance to her

Jasmine StansburyJasmine Stansbury

Jasmine Stansberry is a graduate student, currently pursuing a Masters in History at the U of M. Her interests are Twentieth century African-American history, with an emphasis on the Civil Rights and Black Power movements. Jasmine is also a member of GAAAH (Graduate Association for African-American History) at the U of M, and will be working with the Lynching Sites Project of Memphis to help survey civil rights era cold cases. Working with the community is of great importance to her


Former Graduate Assistants

Alona Armour

Alona ArmourAlona Armour began working with the Institute in August 2015. She graduated from the UofM with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology in May of 2014. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Social Work Degree at the UofM. Armour is helping the Hooks Institute with a variety of projects, namely the Hooks African American Male Initiative (HAAMI).




Errol Rivers

Errol RiversErrol Rivers began working with the Institute in August, 2015 through his graduate assistantship with Dr. Loel Kim in the English department. Rivers is pursuing his PhD in English with a concentration in professional writing at the University of Memphis beginning Fall 2015. Rivers is assisting the Hooks Institute on several projects including the Fayette County Tent City website.



Melissa Haickel Bagaglio

Melissa BagaglioMelissa Haickel Bagaglio worked with the Hooks Institute from July 2015 to February 2016. She graduated from the University of Evansville with a B.S. in environmental administration and political science in May of 1998. She earned her M.A. in English from the University of Memphis (UofM) in May of 2013 and is currently pursuing her PhD in English at UofM. Her research interests include early modern English literature and the question of sovereignty therein. 




 Sasha Arnold

Sasha ArnoldSasha Diana Arnold began working with the Hooks Institute in August 2013 through her graduate assistantship with Dr. Loel Kim in the English department. She worked with Dr. Kim and Director Daphene McFerren to create a website about the civil rights movement and tent cities in Fayette County, Tennessee and the teaching guide for the site. When the Hooks institute was asked to conduct a teacher's in-service on the movement for Shelby County educators, Sasha worked to create curriculum-related materials for the teachers. Additionally, she has worked with Special Collections at the University of Memphis Libraries to organize and catalog primary-source materials from the Fayette County movement. She is a graduate of Bethel University with a BA in English earned her MA in English  at The UofM. She is currently attending Washington University School of Law.

 Alicia Clark

 Alicia ClarkAlicia Clark began working at the Hooks Institute in September of 2014. She worked on Hooks Institute of social media and communications, as well as assisted with other Hooks Institute projects including the Hooks Institute National Book Award and the Mapping Civil Rights History website. Alicia earned her MA in Applied Anthropology at the UofM. Her research interests include health disparities, reproductive health, and digital & visual media. She received her bachelor's degree in anthropology from the State University of New York College at Geneseo in 2012.

 Felecia Malone

Felicia MaloneFelecia Malone began working as a graduate assistant at the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change in August 2012. She earned a Master of public health degree with a concentration in epidemiology from the UofM in 2014. She also holds a B.S. degree in biological sciences from Clark Atlanta University. Felecia is currently working to earn her degree and become a physician's assistant.





Cem Akkus

Cem AtkinsCem Akkus was a research assistant at the Department of Earth Sciences. He received a Bachelor's degree in engineering from Karadeniz Technical University in Trabzon, Turkey, and Master's degree of mapping engineering with a concentration in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) from Yildiz Technical University in Istanbul, Turkey. He also holds a GIS Certificate from UofM. He earned a PhD in the Department of Earth Sciences, at the UofM. Cem was a coordinator of the Hooks Institute's GIS mapping website for the Civil Rights Movement.


 James Conway

James ConwayJames earned a Doctorate in history with a concentration in the U.S. and the Civil Rights Movement in 2014. He also holds a Master of Arts in history from the UofM and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Central Arkansas.






Eugene Tee

Eugene TeeEugene Tee, a graduate assistant with the School of accountancy, assisted the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute with its accounting and financial needs. He earned a Master's degree in accounting and CPA certification. He also received a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and biology from Campbell University.





Jennifer Amido

Jennifer Amido2013: Master of public administration degree
2011: B.S. in international studies and Spanish from University of Memphis. Jennifer is currently working at the City of Memphis Office of Youth.





Tera Tongumpun

Tera Tongumpun2012: Master of public health degree with a concentration in social and behavioral sciences and health promotion
2010: B.S. in biological sciences from University of Memphis. Tera, is currently working at Methodist Le Bonheur.





Armanthia N. Duncan, August 2009 to 2011

Armanthia N. DuncanMasters degrees in history and women and gender studies. B.A. in political science from Jackson State University. Duncan's academic research examines, among other things, institutional medical and governmental practices regarding African-American female reproductive rights.





Brittany Sansbury, September to December 2011

Michael Blum, Summer 2010 & Summer 2011

Bachelor degree in criminal justice from York College of Pennsylvania and Master of Arts degree in history from Millersville University. Currently Mr. Blum is a fourth year PhD student working on his doctoral dissertation at the UofM in the African-American history department. His dissertation focuses on the Civil Rights Movement in Knoxville, Tennessee. In 2011, he won the history department's Teaching Assistant of the Year award.

Tiffany Johnson, January to April 2011

Amy Livingston, September 2007 to June 2009

2009: Masters of philosophy, University of Memphis
2006: B.A. in philosophy, University of Memphis

Jervette Ward, Summer 2008

Ph.D. English Textual Studies at the University of Memphis
2004 - BA in journalism news editorial, with a minor in English, University of Memphis
Ward spearheaded the Hooks Institute's Youth for Social Change initiative which sought to create a youth summer program stressing academic excellence and leadership development.

Sara D. Smith, February 2005

M.A. in history from the University of Memphis, and
B.A. in African-African American Studies