WEBSITE(S)| Individual Scholar Page: Nina D. Nevill

Advisor: Professor Alexander Byrd

Using oral history interviews my research centers on Black women’s experiences in Texas jails and prisons. My dissertation manuscript demonstrates how incarcerated women in the late 20th century U.S. used everyday strategies of resistance to foster human dignity and a sense of self within the carceral system. I consider building kinship networks, pursuing educational or work opportunities, and engaging in religious or faith-based practices as strategies of resistance as they contradict the goals of the carceral system. Examining these strategies helps us understand how women build the capacity for abolitionist resistance needed to divest in the carceral system. This project aims to inform not only our understanding of the history of mass incarceration but contemporary activism around carceral reform and abolition.

To gain teaching experience Nina has taken on a handful of teaching and assisting opportunities during her time at Rice. During the fall 2022 semester, she taught SWGS 101: Introduction to Women, Gender, and Sexuality. In the spring of 2022, she served as a teaching assistant to Professor Ussama Makdisi for HUMA: Who is a Terrorist? And, in the fall of 2021, she co-instructed HIST 351: U.S. History Since 1945 with Professor Nathan Citino. These experiences have allowed Nina to sharpen her lecturing skills and experiment with different pedagogical approaches to class discussion.

Nina is involved in various leadership and intellectual communities at Rice University. As the Graduate Student Professional Development Liaison she organizes workshops, lectures, and roundtables for graduate students in the Department of History. She is a discussant in two reading labs, Black Radical Traditions and Reading the Margins, with the Center for African and African American Studies.


Research Areas

African American History; History of Women and Gender; 20th Century U.S. South; Oral History; Carceral Studies


M.A, Rice University, 2022

B.A., Trinity University, 2019

Honors & Awards

Graduate Summer Experience Fellowship Recipient, April 2022

H. Russel Pitman Grant, Department of History, Rice University, August 2022

W. Edwin Bryan Jr. Grant, Department of History, Rice University, April 2022

Rice University Graduate Fellowship Recipient, August 2019 – May 2024

Connect Institute Fellowship Recipient, May 2017 – May 2019

Outstanding Senior in African American Studies Award Recipient, August 2018 – May 2019

Murchison Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Recipient, May - July 2018

Mellon Initiative Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Recipient, May - July 2017

Muir/Ewing Publication Prize in Southern History, March 2020

Trinity University Trustee Scholarship Recipient, August 2015 – May 2019

Walton Family Scholarship Recipient, August 2015 – May 2019


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