My name is Holly Genovese. I am a writer, public historian and blogger (and I am happy that you are reading this!) This site is both for my professional use (I have links to my C.V., writing projects, press, etc) alongside my personal lifestyle blog (follow along for ramblings about my to-read list, my favorite purchases, and my adventures learning photography and going on a cross country Amtrak trip). I am interested in Southern history, urban history, the public humanities, class in academia, and good literature.
I am a Ph.D student in history at Temple University. I am also a contributing editor at Auntie Vellum magazine, a contributor at Rabble Lit and a blogger at the USIH blog. I have written for Bustle, Scalawag Magazine, The Establishment, and Inside Higher Ed. I write about prisoner rights activism in 20th century New Orleans. My academic work has been published in the Quaker Studies Journal. 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.
My dissertation will explore prisoner rights organizing in New Orleans from 1890 through the 1980s. I argue that prisoner rights organizing was essential to the development of a strong Civil Rights and Black Power movement in New Orleans and is a form of feminine care work.
I have been trained in the nationally recognized Inside Out Prison Exchange Program.