Sylvea Hollis is a Ph.D. candidate in History at the University of Iowa. Her research interests include African American social and cultural history, US Welfare State, and public history. Sylvea’s dissertation is a cultural history of the African American insurance movement in the Jim Crow South. It reconsiders how ideas about race, gender, and risk management shaped black community life. Sylvea also has experience in the areas of civic engagement and the public humanities. She is a team member on the History Department’s Humanities Story Corps (HSC) program. HSC is a digital online project that uses the art of storytelling to illustrate the value of the humanities in everyday life. Before coming to Iowa she worked at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, interned at the National Museum of American History, and the St. Eustatius Historical Foundation (Dutch Caribbean). Sylvea received a M.A. in History Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program (SUNY-Oneonta) and a B.A. from the University of Montevallo.