Dr. Kami Fletcher
Dr. Fletcher is an Associate Professor of American & African American History at Albright College. Her newest course entitled “African American Deathways and Deathwork” examines African American norms and ideas surrounding death as well as encourages students to see how death intersects with race, class, gender, religion, region. She is the author of “Real Business: Maryland’s First Black Cemetery Journey’s into the Enterprise of Death, 1807-1920”. She is also the co-author of the forthcoming volume Till Death Do Us Part: American Ethnic Cemeteries as Borders Uncrossed (University Press of Mississippi, March 2020). Currently, Dr. Fletcher is working on two manuscripts: The first, co-authored is First 100 Years of Black Undertaking in Baltimore. The second is a co-edited volume, Southern Cemeteries, Imprints of Southern Culture.
Kaylee P. Alexander
Kaylee P. Alexander is a PhD Candidate in the Art, Art History & Visual Studies at Duke University, specializing in nineteenth-century visual culture. Kaylee’s research interests include funerary monuments, print media, and the cultural economics of burial in France and the United States. Approaching issues of survival bias, ephemerality, and erasure in the cemetery, she employs data-driven and digital methodologies to study vernacular memorial practices, particularly in instances where little material evidence survived into the present day. Her dissertation, “In Perpetuity: Funerary Monuments, Consumerism and Social Reform in Paris (1804–1924),” investigates the emergence of a popular market for funerary monuments in France.
Dr. Alex Green
Alex Green is an Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. In 2017, Green led the creation of a nationally recognized project-based, community-focused disability history curriculum for high school students at Gann Academy. He is currently working on multiple projects relating to disability history and identifies as a proudly disabled individual. In addition to his faculty position, Green currently serves as a fellow of the Harvard Negotiation Project, based at the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School; and the senior research associate for the American Secretaries of State Project at the Kennedy School. His writing has appeared in The Boston Globe, The Atlantic, and (with his students) The New York Times. He is an op-ed contributor to Cognoscenti, the ideas and opinions page for WBUR-NPR Boston, and the New England Correspondent for Publishers Weekly magazine.
Dr. Jeffrey Smith
Dr. Jeffrey Smith is Senior Professor of History at Lindenwood University in the St. Louis area, and editor of The Confluence, a regional studies journal in a magazine format. Smith is author of The Rural Cemetery Movement: Places of Paradox in Nineteenth-Century America. Most recently, he was a contributor to Till Death Do Us Part: American Ethnic Cemeteries as Borders Uncrossed (“Till Death Keeps Us Apart: Segregated Cemeteries and Social Values in St. Louis, Missouri”) and in the forthcoming Monuments, Memory, and Commemoration (“Cemeteries and the Lost Cause”) and Southern Cemeteries, Imprints of Southern Culture (“Confederates in the Graveyard: Southern Identity and the Rural Cemetery Movement”).