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Hannah Lee

Hannah Lee (they/them) holds a bachelor’s degree in history and peace & justice studies from Loyola University Maryland. They are currently pursuing a master’s degree in public history at Rutgers-Camden and interning with the William Trent House in Trenton, NJ to investigate the history of the section of the home’s neighborhood that was displaced by the Richard J. Hughes Justice Complex. They created a database that details the demographic data of every census-reporting neighborhood inhabitant between the years 1880 and 1950. The data shows new information about the changing demographics of the neighborhood as Russian Jewish and, later, Black populations moved into the neighborhood, which will help expand Trent House’s historic narratives. Besides working with Trent House since spring 2021, Hannah has three years’ experience working in archival processing and more than five years’ experience conducting historical research. Their final research project for the degree explores the rich relationship between scientific racism and visual imagery during the antebellum period, which focuses on how visual imagery used in contemporary public spectacles and visual culture, like illustrative magazines and specialized science books, fueled the dissemination of scientific racism.   

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