Chandra Plowden

2022 Crossroads Research Fellow


Chandra Plowden is a third-year Ph.D. student within the Committee on the Study of Religion at Harvard University. Her work focuses specifically on how storytelling impacts the ethical and religious formation among Black women in the American South.


Crossroads Research Fellow Project

Standing up for “Good-Work”: A Labor History of Black Charleston Women in the Civil Rights Era

This archival project will explore how Black women laborers in Charleston created shared religious and ethical sensibilities about work from 1946-1969 -- a 23-year period where there are no accounts of the city’s Black laboring women struggling for worker’s rights. This research will produce a peer-reviewed publication and a digital exhibit suitable for informed publics and academic audiences.