Leah Lagrone


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Dr. Leah LaGrone is an assistant professor of history and public history director. She graduated from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas with a PhD in History focused on borderlands, labor, and gender studies. Her research examines state legislation and the discourse on minimum wages for women, specifically the connections of sex work with low wages. Her current book project, entitled “A Woman’s Worth: How Race and Respectability Politics Influenced Minimum WagePolicies,” demonstrates that the politics around race and the minimum wage for women that drove conversations among labor, politicians, and progressive reformers on the future of white supremacy in Texas. She has a published essay in Impeached: The Removal of Texas Governor James E. Fergusonas well as articles in The Washington Post and NursingClio. She has worked on several public history projects, including The Civil War Documentary, Civil Rights in Black and Brown, and The Women’s History OnlineHandbook for the Texas State Historical Association. Dr. LaGrone will teach the public history classes as well as supervise the public history internships.