Devin Leigh

Devin Leigh

Education

PhD, University of California, Davis, starting Fall, 2015. 

MA, Loyola University Chicago, expected May, 2015.

     Current GPA: 3.859

BA, DePaul University, Chicago, 2012.

     Cumulative GPA: 3.997

Research Interests

      I am generally interested in urban, social, and environmental histories of America during the colonial era (early-modern period) and the nineteenth century, especially approaches that address these periods with an emphasis on multicultural and regional perspectives. Currently, my research focuses on legend formation in the region of southeast Florida, the Florida Keys, Cuba, and the Bahaman Islands over three and a half centuries. The historian Jane Landers has called this region part of the greater "circum-Atlantic periphery of Florida." 

      More specifically, my dissertation research concentrates on the geographical region of Southern Florida, particularly Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Coastal Ridge. I am attempting to position the elusive histories and the protean legends of the supposed pirate(s) Black Caesar within a greater Atlantic and American context. For an historiographic model, my research uses The Legend of Gasparilla (1980) by the French anthropologist André-Marcel dAns, Under the Black Flag by the English historian David Cordingly, and Steel Drivin' Man (2008) by the American historian Scott Reynolds Nelson. For a sample of my ongoing research, please see one of my earlier works, entitled Ghost of the Gallows: the Historical Record of Black Caesar.

Related Employment (Teaching/Academic)

Employment

WIA Case Manager (Youth Clubhouse), Howard Area Community Center, July, 2014 - present. 

Digitization Assistant (Cudahy Library Bindery), Loyola University Chicago, summer, 2014. 

Reference Department Graduate Assistant (Information Commons), Loyola University Chicago, August, 2013- July, 2014.

Youth Tutor and Mentor (Youth Clubhouse), Howard Area Community Center, Chicago, September, 2013 - July, 2014.

History and Public Speaking Instructor, Private Practice, Seattle, WA, July, 2012- April, 2013. 

Writing Tutor and Fellow (DePaul University Center for Writing-based Learning), DePaul University, August, 2009- July, 2012.

Volunteer:

Proctor, Loyola University Chicago, History 102,

“The Evolution of Western Ideas and Institutions since 1648,” October 24, 2014.

Guest Lecturer, Loyola University Chicago, History 203,

"American Pluralism: Abolitionism, the End of Slavery, and the Jim Crow South," February 25, 2014. 

Judge, The Chicago Metro History Fair (The Chicago Metro History Education Center), Various Locations, winter 2014. 

Afterschool Tutor, The Somali Community Service Center, Tukwila, WA, 2012-2013.

Afterschool Tutor (Women Living with Hope), Ana Roque de Duprey Elementary, Chicago, IL, 2009-2010. 

Historical Journalism, Publications, and Editorships

Essayist. "Between Swamp and Sea: Bahamian Visitors to Southeast Florida before Miami,” The Florida Historical Quarterly (forthcoming, Spring 2015)

Blogger. The Zamani Reader: A History Blog from A History Student, Wordpress. 2014-present.

ContributorThe Lakefront Historian: A Student-Run Public History Blog from ChicagoLoyola University. 2013-2014.

Essayist.Ghost of the Gallows,” Creating Knowledge: The LAS Student Research Journal of DePaul University, vol. 5 (Spring, 2012): 28-38.

Essayist.Steal Away from Slavery: Examining the Resistive Power of the Slave Song," DePaul University, History Department e-Journal: vol. 1 (Winter, 2012).

Assistant Editor. Creating Knowledge: The LAS Student Research Journal of DePaul University, vol. 4. (2011). 

Copyeditor. "The Double Threat of HIV/AIDS and Drought on Rural Household Food Security in Southeastern Zimbabwe,"

Anthropological Practice, vol. 35, no. 1 (2011): 167-186. 

Contributor. Honorable Mentions Newsletter, DePaul University, 2010-2012. 

Conference Papers

History Conferences: 

“The Power of Names: ‘Caesar’ and a Hidden History of Anglo-American Slave Resistance, 1688 – 1861,”

Presented at the Annual Multidisciplinary Graduate Student Conference of The Center for Renaissance Studies

at the Newberry Library, Chicago, IL, January 22-24, 2015.

“Between Swamp and Sea: Bahamian Visitors in Southeast Florida before Miami,”

Presented at the Eleventh Annual Loyola University Chicago Graduate Student Conference,

Chicago, IL, November 15, 2014.

“Between Swamp and Sea: Bahamian Visitors in Southeast Florida before Miami,”

Presented at Northern Illinois University’s Seventh Annual Graduate Student History Conference,

DeKalb, IL, November 7, 2014.

"Between Swamp and Sea: Bahamian Visitors in Southeast Florida before Miami," 

Presented at the Seventh Annual Windy City Graduate History Conference at UIC,

"Historicizing the State," Chicago, IL, October 17-18, 2014. 

"Between Swamp and Sea: Bahamian Visitors in Southeast Florida before Miami," 

Presented at the Third Annual Michigan State University Interdisciplinary Conference, 

"Migrations without Boundaries," East Lansing, MI, October 10-11, 2014. 

"Revenant of the Keys: re-discovering the invented traditions of the pirate Black Caesar," 

Presented at the Loyola University Seventh Annual Graduate Research Symposium, Chicago, IL, April 12, 2014. 

"Revenant of the Keys: re-discovering the invented traditions of the pirate Black Caesar,"

Presented at the Florida International University Graduate Student Conference,

"Conversations in History: Currents in the Atlantic World," Miami, FL, April 4, 2014.

"Cradle of Stories: selected antecedents to the Black Caesar Legends of Biscayne Bay,"

Presented at the North Carolina Graduate Student History Conference, Raleigh, NC, March 22, 2014.  

“Revenant of the Keys: re-discovering the invented traditions of the pirate Black Caesar," 

Presented at Northern Illinois University's Fifth Annual Graduate Student Conference, DeKalb, IL, November 1, 2013. 

"Entradas to the Incomplete: sixteenth-century Spanish ‘conquests’ of the Amazon basin,” 

 Presented at DePaul University's Eighth Annual Student History Conference, Chicago, IL, April 27, 2012. 

"Trompe-l'œil: multi-layered visual deception at the church of St. George, Lalibela,"

 Presented at DePaul University's Seventh Annual Art History Symposium, Chicago, IL, May 3, 2012. 

"From Answers to Ignorance: Western cinema embracing the ambiguity of the African world,"

 Presented at DePaul University's Seventh Annual Student History Conference, Chicago, IL, April 29, 2011. 

"Humanitarian Collaboration: Examining the Complexities of Global Humanitarian Reform," 

Prestented at DePaul University's Annual Interdisciplinary Conference, Chicago, IL, 2011. 

"Steal Away from Slavery: examining the resistive power of the slave song,"

 Presented at DePaul University's Sixth Annual Student History Conference, Chicago, IL, April 30, 2010. 

“Equality, a Gift from Death: the bubonic plague in England,"

Presented at DePaul University's First-Year Writing Showcase, Chicago, IL, May 15, 2009. 

Writing Center Conferences

"Personal Statements and College Essays: It Doesn't Have to be That Hard,"

Present at the Howard Area Community Center, Chicago, IL, 2014. 

Celebration of Writing Centers: Activism, Community, and Divserity Meet, 

Presented at DePaul University, Chicago, IL, 2010. 

Balancing Acts: Implementing Creativity in the Writing Center," 

Presented at North Park University, Chicago, IL, 2010.

"Performance in the Writing Center,"

Presented at Columbia College, Chicago, IL, 2009. 

"Fixing the Fix-it Shop: A Practical Definition of an Indelible Phrase,"

Presented at DePaul University, Chicago, IL, 2009.  

Paper Workshops:

“The Caesar Stereotype: Rediscovering the Most Interesting Slave Name in the Anglo-American World, 1688 – 1861,”

Workshopped at the English Atlantic Writing Group (EAWG) of Loyola University Chicago, November 11, 2014.

"Entradas to the Incomplete: sixteenth-century Spanish ‘conquests’ of the Amazon basin,” 

Workshopped at the English Atlantic Writing Group (EAWG) of Loyola University Chicago, October 3, 2013.

Awards and Fellowships

Honorable Mention for top presentation, Loyola University Chicago History Graduate Student Conference, 2014.

Summa cum laude (Academic Honors Student), DePaul University, 2012.

Phi Alpha Theta (History Honors Student), DePaul University, 2010.

Deans Award for Excellence in Education, DePaul University, 2012.

Albert Erlebacher and Cornelius Sippel Award, DePaul University, 2012.

Writing Center Award for extraordinary contributions in tutoring, DePaul University, 2011-2012.

Premier DePaul Film Festival Award for best writing, DePaul University, 2011. 

First-Year Writing Program Liberal Arts Award for best essay, DePaul University, 2009.

Undergraduate Dean’s List Award (All Quarters Attended), DePaul University, 2008 – 2012.

Author: Devin Leigh
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