Majors: Black Studies, Liberal Studies, Social Science
Faculty Mentor: Dr Shirley Jackson
Tessara Dudley is a McNair Scholar at Portland State University. She will be graduating Summer 2017 with majors in Black Studies, Liberal Studies, and Social Science, and minors in Writing, and History.
Tessara brings a deep love of learning and a passion for equity wherever she goes. Determined to explore as much of the world as possible, she has worked in a dental lab, non-profit development and communications, student government, and the Portland State University Queer Resource Center. She started a micro-press in 2015 to publish socially conscious poetry and memoir, is a member of the Bread and Roses Feminist Collective at KBOO Radio, and has written for Black Girl Dangerous, and the Portland Observer. She has led workshops on poetry writing, oral storytelling, community representation, feminist zines, and disability justice.
Applying to doctoral programs in African Diaspora/Atlantic World History, Tessara hopes to foster in future students the same love of history that professors brought out in her. Her research focuses on the lives of African-descended women and illuminates the role these women played in building and sustaining community across the diaspora. Tessara plans to continue this work in graduate school, and to complete a trans-national historical study of African and African-descended women’s participation within informal economies.
Research Interests: 19th, 20th, & 21st Century Black Diaspora, Informal Economy, Women and Gender, Civil Rights, Decolonization and Nationalist Movements, LGBTQ Community, Disability Studies