My name is Holly Genovese. I am a writer, public humanist and the Outreach Coordinator for the Field Family Teen Author Series at the Free Library of Philadelphia. I am interested in Southern history, urban history, the public humanities, class in academia, and good literature, as well as fashion, red lipstick, and popular culture.
I am also a contributing editor at Unsweetened Magazine, a contributor at Book Riot and a blogger at the U.S. Society for Intellectual History blog. I have written for The Washington Post, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Bustle, Scalawag Magazine, The Establishment, amongst other places. My academic work focuses on the intersection of culture and prisoner rights activism in 20th century New Orleans. . I received a B.A in History and Political Science from Temple University in 2013 and an MA in History at the University of South Carolina in 2015. My MA thesis "They Held Their Fists Up: The Myth of the Violent Black Panther and the Making of the Angola 3" explored the media construction of the Black Panther Party and the ways this influenced the incarceration of the Angola 3.
I have been trained in the nationally recognized Inside Out Prison Exchange Program.
The Chronicle of Higher Education
October 2017, Cute Clothes and the Academic Career
October 2017, Our Mississippi: Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing
Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia
July 2017, Black Power
June 2017, Growing up with Sarah Dessen
The Hampton Institute: A Working Class Think Tank
Metropole (blog of the Urban History Association)
June 2017, The South Isn't Exceptional, the People are.
Auntie Bellum Magazine
August 2017, Tear Them All Down Gettysburg
March 2017, Riverdale: CW's Transgressive Teen Drama
February 2017, The Four Harassers of the History Department
January 2017, Resisting Trump
November 2016, Talking White Trash and Mistaking the Poor for the Powerful
November 2016, Revisiting the Rory Gilmore Roadmap
October 2016, American Girls and Growing Up With History
August 2016, Coding White Trash in Academia
August 2016, Here's what the Angola 3 dreamt up in solitary
November 2016, The Problematic Coding of White Trash in Academia
US Society for Intellectual History Blog
June 2017, On 'My Story' by India Porter
June 2017, What Makes a Prison Writer?
April 2017, Rural Witchcraft and Intellectualism
February 2017, "I am Not Your Negro" and the Erasure of Women of Color
January 2017, to be Un-American
January 2017, Reading Reconstruction
January 2017, What is Intellectual Work?
November 2016, The Ivory Tower is Moving
December 2016, On Jane Jacobs
December 2016,On Hillbilly Elegy
October 2016, Don't Be Overwhelmed, Keep Reading
February 2016, Toward An Intellectual History of the Angola 3
B.A. History and Political Science
Graduated May 2013
University of South Carolina
M.A. in History
Graduated May 2015
Graduate Certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Schlesinger Library Oral History Fellowship, RAdcliffe Institute, Harvard University
Visiting Scholar, Midlo Center for New Orleans Studies, University of New Orleans
Summer Fellowship, Rosaline and Myer Feinstein Center for Jewish American History
Grant, Jewish Studies Department, Temple University
Travel Grant, University of Mississippi
Smith Richardson Summer Fellowship, History Department, University of South Carolina