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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 Assistant

Rebekka Mulholland photoRebekkah Yisrael Mulholland, ABD


Graduate Assistant
PhD Candidate, History Department. University of Memphis


Contact: rymlhlln@memphis.edu

Rebekkah Mulholland is a Doctoral Candidate, currently pursuing a PhD in History at the U of M. Her interests are 19th and 20th century African-American history with an emphasis on black transgender women and gender nonconforming women of color within the Civil Rights, Black Power, and Trans Liberation Movements as well as in the era of mass incarceration. Rebekkah was the president of the Graduate Association for African-American History (GAAAH) at the UofM. She is assisting the Hooks Institute on several projects such as the Benjamin Hooks Papers Digitization Project and the 2019 National Book Award.

Recent Graduate Assistants

Reina HendersonRenia Henderson

Hooks GA Fall 2018–Summer 2019

Reina Henderson was born and raised in Chattanooga, TN. She attended high school at Boyd-Buchanan School in Chattanooga, a co-educational private Christian School, from which she graduated in 2012. She studied a year at Salem College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina before transferring to East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN. Here, she double majored in History and Philosophy, and graduated in 2017 earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in each major. In 2015, she became a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, and while in her undergraduate chapter she served terms as both president and secretary. She attendend the University of Memphis as a graduate student studying for her Master of Arts in History which she recieved in 2019. She is currently pursuing her PhD in History at Duke University.


Jasmine StansburyJasmine Stansbury

Hooks GA Fall 2017–Summer 2018

Jasmine Stansberry was a graduate student pursuing her Masters in History at the U of M, which she recieved in 2018. Her interests are Twentieth century African-American history, with an emphasis on the Civil Rights and Black Power movements. Jasmine was also a member of GAAAH (Graduate Association for African-American History) at the UofM, and will be worked 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. Stansbury is currently pursuing her PhD in History at the University of Mississippi


The Hooks Institute begins accepting applications for graduate assistantships in the Spring semester. For more information contact ncball@memphis.edu