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Leigh-Anne FrancisLeigh-Anne Francis, is an Assistant Professor with a dual appointment in the departments of History and Africana and Latino Studies. Prior to joining the faculty at SUNY Oneonta, Leigh-Anne completed a Ph.D. in United States and African American History at Rutgers University, an M.A. in U.S. and World History at SUNY Brockport, and a Bachelors degree in Fine Arts Painting and Illustration. Her dissertation, “Burning Down the Cage: African American Women’s Prison Communities in Auburn, New York, 1893-1933,” analyzes the intersections of gender, race and class by exploring crime and punishment, labor and community, through the lens of black women’s experiences while offering comparisons with imprisoned native-born and European immigrant white women. As a Ph.D. candidate, she was a volunteer instructor at Mountainview Youth Correctional Facility for Men New Jersey.  The incarcerated and formerly incarcerated young people with whom she worked taught her many things, including how valuable and unexamined the privilege of freedom is in her life; for this gift, she is deeply grateful. When she’s not teaching or researching, she enjoys spending time with her partner, Jenny, and their cats, Anarchy and Blessing.


  • Five Colleges Fellowship, African American and African Studies, Mount Holyoke College (2010—2011).


  • Modern U.S. History (since 1877)
  • Modern African American History (Reconstruction to Black Power)
  • History of Slavery
  • The Crime and Prison Industry in U.S. History
  • LGBT History (U.S.)
  • Race, Gender, Class, and Culture
  • Race and Sex in America

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