Sierra Phillips


Sierra Phillips

Graduate Student (2021 Cohort)

322 Dulles Hall
230 Annie and John Glenn Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210

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Areas of Expertise

  • 20th century African American History broadly
  • Black women's history specifically
  • The Civil Rights Movement


  • BA, Tougaloo College (2021)

Sierra received her Bachelor of Arts in History with an emphasis in African American studies from an HBCU-- the historic Tougaloo College where she was a UNCF Mellon-Mays Undergraduate Fellow. Raised in north Minneapolis, Sierra hopes to recover Black women's anti-poverty activism in the “City of Waters” in the 1960s and 70s. She is apart of the department's GSAC for the 2022-2023 school year and is a member of the Association of Black Women Historians (ABWH). 

Sierra has published an Op-Ed through Blavity News entitled "Why Recent Activism in Minneapolis Should Come As No Surprise," where she attempts to restore the history of activism in Minneapolis. She has also authored an essay through Picturing Black History, entitled, "A Mother's Power: The Bravery of Mamie Till-Mobley," (which is one of the most popular articles on the site) where she highlights the agency of Mamie Till-Mobley. 


Advisor: Dr. Hasan Kwame Jeffries 

Teaching Experience: Teaching Assistant for Civil Rights and Black Power Movement undergraduate course at OSU (HIS3083)





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