Sylvea Hollis is a Ph.D. candidate in History at the University of Iowa. Her research interests include African American social and cultural history, US Welfare State, and public history. 

Sylvea’s dissertation, "How Did They Manage? Race and the Multiple Meanings of Risk in Alabama after Reconstruction, 1887-1945", is a cultural history of the African American insurance movement in the Jim Crow South. It reconsiders how ideas about race, gender, and risk management shaped black community life. Sylvea also has experience in the areas of civic engagement and the public humanities.

Before coming to Iowa, Sylvea worked at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, interned at the National Museum of American History, and the St. Eustatius Historical Foundation (Dutch Caribbean). Sylvea received a M.A. in History Museum Studies (2006) from the Cooperstown Graduate Program (SUNY-Oneonta) and a B.A. from the University of Montevallo (2003).

Selected Awards:

Goldman-Sachs Junior Fellow, Smithsonian Institute (2013).

Adah Johnson/Otilia Maria Fernandez Scholarship, University of Iowa (2013).