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Rebman, Scarlett N.

Scarlett N.  Rebman  ABD  

Field of Study

Modern U.S. History; Modern Latin America; History of Capitalism in the United States

Advisor

Jeffrey Gonda

Dissertation Title

Saving Salt City: Fighting Inequality through Policy and Activism in Syracuse, New York (1955-1975)

Dissertation Description

Using mid-twentieth-century Syracuse, New York, as a lens, this dissertation explores the relationship between grassroots activism and federal, state, and local government policies. It uncovers the factors that fostered innovative efforts to address social problems in Syracuse--and why these efforts largely failed. Five specific issues dominated community conversations during this time: education, housing segregation, tenants’ rights in public housing projects, employment, and leadership. Examining them reveals that although activists achieved some tangible victories at the local level and even reshaped the realm of possibility in the national political landscape, they were unable to fundamentally alter systemic mechanisms that reproduced inequality and segregation. 

Research Interests:  Inequality; Social Movements; Urban Policy; Construction of race, gender, class, citizenship, and space

University Teaching Experience

Teaching Mentor, Graduate School, Syracuse University, 2016-2017 

  • Led discussions with a group of ten graduate students during the Teaching Assistant Orientation Program
  • Co-developed and presented a workshop on motivating students  

Teaching Assistant, Department of History, Syracuse University 

            History 101: American History to 1865 (with Susan Branson), Fall 2016  

            History 210: Ancient History (with Craige Champion), Fall 2015 

            History 102: American History since 1865 (with Jeffrey Gonda), Spring 2015 

            History 121: Global History (with Junko Takeda), Fall 2014

Public Humanities Experience

Public Humanities Fellowship, New York Council for the Humanities, 2015-2016 

  • Received funding to develop and implement a public humanities project
  • Participated in workshops on topics such as digital humanities and community engagement  

Discussion Facilitator, New York Council for the Humanities Reading & Discussion Group, North Onondaga Public Library, Fall 2016 

  • Led community discussions about books on the theme “Muslim Journeys”  

Director, Local History Summer Camp, Southwest Community Center, Syracuse, NY, July 2016 

  • Project received an Action Grant from the New York Council for the Humanities
  • Promoted student understanding of area struggles for human rights through activities and field trips  

Co-Creator, Humanities for Everybody, Kalamazoo, MI, 2011 

  • Proposed and brought together stakeholders from nonprofit organizations and Western Michigan University to offer free, college-level humanities courses to low-income residents of Kalamazoo

Teaching Portfolio/Website: snrebman.expressions.syr.edu

Twitter: @scarlettrebman [https://twitter.com/scarlettrebman