Crystal Moore


Crystal Moore is a second-year Ph.D. student and a William Fontaine Fellow of Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. A Philadelphia native, she graduated with departmental honors from Bryn Mawr College with a B.A. in American History. Her senior thesis explored how African American laborers who fought for their civil rights during the construction of the Panama Canal, had to employ new methods of protest and resistance in a uniquely non-American space. At Bryn Mawr, her research on the Panama Canal was awarded the Elizabeth Duane Gillespie Fund for Scholarship in American History. Prior to becoming a Ph.D. student at Penn, Crystal was an upper-middle school history teacher for a charter school in the heart of West Philadelphia. Her research interests include: Early Twentieth Century transnational civil rights movements, African American labor movements, and the development of African American identity through Early Twentieth Century African American poetry and theater.