Amber Bailey

Amber Bailey



Faculty Advisory: Ted Karamanski

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Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL (August 2014 - present)

MA, Public History


University of Chicago, Chicago, IL (September 2009 - June 2013)

BA, History (with Honors)

Major Concentration: African American history

Thesis: “Chicago’s Engine Company 21: An Experiment with Interracial Democracy in an Era of Reconstructions, 1872-1927”

Research Interests

I am interested in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century African American history with a special focus on Reconstruction and representations of African Americans in popular culture.  I am particularly interested in studying the way that Reconstruction unfolded outside the South, especially in Chicago.

My broader historical interests include public history as well as material and visual culture.

Public History Experience

Landmarks Illinois, Intern (May 2015 - Present)

DuSable Museum of African American History, Collections Assistant (January 2014-August 2014)

Chicago History Museum, Curatorial Intern (June 2012-September 2012)

Black Metropolis Research Consortium, Archival Processing Intern (December 2011 – June 2012)

Bronzeville Historical Society, Volunteer (November 2010 – December 2011)


"Days of Jubilee," Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society (Summer 2016) 

“Chicago’s Engine Company 21,” Chicago Journal of History (Spring 2013)

Conference Presentations

"Chicago’s Engine Company 21," Windy City Graduate History Conference, University of Illinois at Chicago (October 17, 2014)

Awards and Fellowships

Advocacy Scholar, Preservation Action Foundation (March 2015)

Graduate Assistantship and Merit Followship, Loyola University Chicago (August 2014 - present)

Francisco de la Cerna Community Service Award, Ole Tymers Chicago Firefighters and Paramedics (September 2013)

Oliver Cromwell Cox and Ernest Everett Just Award for Outstanding Senior Thesis, University of Chicago (June 2013)

Honorable Mention, Anna M. and George N. Barnard Memorial Prize in American History, University of Chicago (June 2013)

Phi Beta Kappa, University of Chicago (June 2013)


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