About Us

Born and raised in Dallas, Hope Anderson is passionate about studying and applying human rights in her home city. Hope is a senior at Southern Methodist University and will graduate with degrees in Human Rights, Sociology, and History in May 2017.  Upon graduation, Hope will participate in the John Lewis Fellowship program in Atlanta, Georgia, in partnership with the National Center for Civil and Human Rights.  She ultimately hopes to pursue a career in human rights education.  

Kyle Carpenter is a Ph.D. student in the William P. Clements Department of History at Southern Methodist University.  He studies European-born merchants in the Rio Grande borderland in the mid-nineteenth century.  He is most interested in the relationships they created that tied local kinship groups to global trade networks.


Camille Davis: is a Ph.D. student in the William P. Clements Department of History at Southern Methodist University. She studies intellectual influences on the American Revolution.




Lindsay Grossman is a senior majoring in International Studies and Human Rights and minoring in Political Science. She is from Los Angeles, California and attended Culver City High School. Lindsay has spent her summer living and working in the Democratic Republic of the Congo teaching English with the US Army. Upon graduation Lindsay will commission into the US Army as an Air Defense Artillery Officer and be stationed in Fort Campbell,Ky.  

Brianna “Bri” Hogg is a senior majoring in History and minor in African and African American Ethic Studies. A native of Dallas, Texas and graduate of South Oak Cliff High School, Bri always had a fascination in learning about her history and the history of the world. Upon graduation, Bri will continue to pursue her education in the William P. Clements Department of History Ph.D. Program at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, starting in August 2017.

Dr. Jill E. Kelly is Assistant Professor of African History at SMU and instructor of the oral history course for which this project was undertaken. 





Jaqueline Lara is a senior double majoring in History and Biology.  She was born and raised in Dallas, Texas and will be the first in her family to graduate from a University. After graduation, Jaqueline plans on pursuing a DDS in Dental school. She has always been involved in the dental field and volunteering to help low-income families receive dental work.

Kathryn Loper is a junior in the honors program at SMU and is double majoring in Human Rights and History. Kathryn is from the diverse county of Arlington, Virginia located right outside of Washington D.C. As a result of where Kathryn grew up, it helped to foster her passion for service. Throughout her time at SMU she has been heavily involved in the Human Rights program and serves as student coordinator in the office, is a member of the Student Leadership Initiative, and has studied abroad in Cuba, Poland, and South Africa.

Claiborne Lord is a senior majoring in History and minoring in Chinese. He is from Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Braunshay Pertile is a second year PhD student in history studying black communities and the development of law enforcement institutions in Texas in the late 19th and early 2oth centuries. 
Alyssa Sheraden is a senior majoring in History. She is from Mansfield, Texas and attended Mansfield High School.