Aleo Pugh

Aleo Pugh

Education

B.A., Pitzer College

Research Interests

Twentieth-Century United States History
African American History
Social Histories
Memory Studies
Black Feminist Theory

Dissertation Topic

"Leery of Being Consumed”: Working-Class Black Dissent and the Legacy of Brown

Faculty Advisors

Biography

Brown v. Board of Education is a symbolic case most widely lauded for ordering the desegregation of public schools. I am interested in the role of public memory and historical scholarship in constructing a "binary of resistance": white agitators of massive resistance against Black proponents of civil rights. To recover Black dissent from the archive, my research uses the historically Black West Charlotte High School in Charlotte, NC (“The City That Made Integration Work”) to explore Black opposition and the particular benefits of an all-Black education. More broadly, my project investigates how the dispossession of the Black working-class is the fulcrum of American democracy.