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Samantha is a Ph.D. candidate in history at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, specializing in twentieth-century U.S. cultural and political history. Her areas of expertise are in the fields of U.S. history with a focus on African American history, U.S. cultural history, and comparative gender and sexuality. Prior to her studies at the University of Nebraska, she earned her Bachelor’s degree in History at Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, Virginia and her Master’s degree in History at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia – each with a focus on racial formation, identity, and ethnic studies in post-World War II America. She is conducting research for her dissertation that will examine a 1962 rape case in Lynchburg, Virginia involving a black youth, Thomas Wansley, using critical race theory to tease out the contested sexualized representations of black citizenship that manifested in courts and prisons in the 1960s and 1970s.