Dr. Crystal R. Sanders

Affiliated Faculty Emory University

Crystal Sanders

Dr. Crystal R. Sanders, Ph.D., Emory University

Dr. Crystal R. Sanders is on the faculty in the Department of African American Studies at Emory University. Her research and teaching interests include African American history, Black women’s history, and the history of Black education. She received her B.A. (cum laude) in History and Public Policy from Duke University and her Ph.D. in History from Northwestern University. Sanders is the author of A Chance for Change: Head Start and Mississippi’s Black Freedom Struggle, which won the 2017 Critics Choice Award and 2017 New Scholar’s Book Award from the American Educational Research Association.

Dr. Sanders’ work can also be found in many leading history journals, including the Journal of Southern History and the Journal of African American History. Her numerous honors and fellowships include an Andrew Mellon Graduate Fellowship in Humanistic Studies, a Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, a National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, and a National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship.