Natalie Shibley is a joint-degree Ph.D. candidate in Africana Studies and History at the University of Pennsylvania. She graduated cum laude from Columbia University with a B.A. in African-American Studies and History and holds an M.A. in Africana Studies and a Certificate in College and University Teaching from the University of Pennsylvania.
Her research has been supported by the U.S. Army Military History Institute, Cornell University Library, and the Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies Program at Penn, among other sources. Her dissertation, "Sexual Contagion: The Politics of Sexuality and Public Health in the U.S. Military, 1941-1993," examines the intersection of race, gender, and U.S. military policy regarding sexually transmitted diseases and homosexuality.