"You can never be overdressed or overeducated" Oscar Wilde

Writer:Reader:Public Humanist

Holly Genovese



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.




Washington Post

  October 2017,  The Activists Fighting Mass Incarceration? They’re Not Who You Think

The Chronicle of Higher Education

  October 2017,  Cute Clothes and the Academic Career                                              

The Rumpus

  October 2017,    Our Mississippi: Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing                                

Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia

July 2017,  Black Power

Book Riot

June 2017, Is the Strand Responsible for the Bookish Tote Trend? 

June 2017, Growing up with Sarah Dessen

The Hampton Institute: A Working Class Think Tank

June 2017, The Power of Candy: Celebrating Robert Hilary King's Freeline

Metropole (blog of the Urban History Association)

June 2017, The South Isn't Exceptional, the People are. 


March 2017, "How 'Heaven to Betsy" by Maud Hart Lovelace Convinced Me I Deserved to be a Writer"


March 2017Gilmore Girls and the Stars Hollow Historical Society

Auntie Bellum Magazine

August 2017, Tear Them All Down Gettysburg

July 2017, Still Star Crossed as a Black Feminist Interpretation of Shakespeare

May 2017, Cussing and Coming of Age in Jared Kushner's Essex

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

Scalawag Magazine

August  2016, Here's what the Angola 3 dreamt up in solitary

The Establishment

November 2016, The Problematic Coding of White Trash in Academia

US Society for Intellectual History Blog

July 2017, On "Left Behind" by Chasity West (2nd in a Series on African American Women's Prison Writing) 

June 2017, On 'My Story' by India Porter

June 2017, What Makes a Prison Writer? 

April 2017, Rural Witchcraft and Intellectualism

April 2017, What's in a Book? My Prison Library Copy of Wall Tappings

March 2017, The Presidential Address and Southern Intellectual History

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



Temple University

B.A. History and Political Science
Graduated May 2013


University of South Carolina

M.A. in History
Graduated May 2015


Temple University

Graduate Certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
May 2017


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






Email: Holly.genovese@gmail.com
Phone: 7576636831
Address: South Philly