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Kristin McFadden

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Kristin McFadden

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Research Interests: 
Political and Legal Anthropology, citizenship, power, nation-state, black political participation, American South


I am broadly interested in classifications of citizenship, nationhood, and legal/political participation in African American communities in the rural American South. Particularly, I am interested in the American South as a contested region of citizenship where African Americans are reconstructing and negotiating valuable citizenship actions within a complex relationship with the state and the rule of law. 

I received my B.A. in Anthropology and African American Studies from Emory University, where I was a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow. Prior to coming to Stanford, I worked in political organizing in rural regions of South Carolina. Most recently, I worked as a Research Analyst for the South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs, where my research ranged from studying explanatory factors for school expulsion to studying barriers to college access for minority populations in South Carolina.