I am a teacher, a researcher, and a civically engaged scholar of the public humanities. Currently, I serve as an Assistant Professor of African American and African History at Montgomery College (Rockville + Germantown campuses).
A native of Birmingham, Alabama, I grew up black and queer in the largest municipality in an otherwise relatively rural state. At an early age the community introduced me to it's role in the Modern Civil Rights era. My love of studying the past was forged through listening to elders talk to each other.
Assistant Professor Sylvea Hollis earned a Ph.D. in US History, with a concentration in African American History from the University of Iowa. As a graduate student she developed and taught her own courses in African American History and created civically engaged programming with the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies. Her dissertation, “Race, Capitalism, and Social Welfare after the Civil War, 1864-1911: The CKOP and the COC,” is a cultural history. It examines the African American fraternal association, the Colored Knights of Pythias and their women’s auxiliary, the Court of Calanthe.
Before coming to Montgomery College in the fall of 2020, Dr. Hollis was an NPS-Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow and taught courses in gender and sexuality in the American Studies Department at The George Washington University. She earned a MA in History Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program (SUNY-Oneonta) and has extensive experience in the museum field, working with the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, National Museum of American History, and American Alliance of Museum.