Mélena Laudig is a PhD Candidate in Religion and African American Studies at Princeton University, where she is also pursuing a Certificate from the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies. Her dissertation project, tentatively titled “‘Her Country’s Children’: African American Religion and Childhood in Slavery and Freedom,” examines how religious communities, institutions, and cultures shaped the experiences of Black American children during the long nineteenth century. She earned a Master of Arts in Religion from Princeton University and a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from Yale College.
How have ideas about race, gender, and sexuality shaped the historical construction of U.S. American childhood? What can histories of African American childhood teach us about the intersection of religion and politics?