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Jeanine Quené

Jeanine Quené

Department: History

Supervisor: Professor Gary Gerstle

College: Sidney Sussex College

AHRC subject area: History

Title of Thesis: Womanhood in Ku Klux Klan Ideology, 1915-1930


Born and raised in The Netherlands, I received my BA from University College Utrecht, the honours college of Utrecht University, majoring in History and Political Science. After receiving my BA, I studied for an MA in United States Studies: History and Politics at University College London (UCL). My MA dissertation focused on the role of women in the formation of the Ku Klux Klan's ideology between 1915-1930, and was awarded the Roosevelt Dissertation Prize for best dissertation in US studies. After graduation, I worked as a Political Intern at the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Washington, D.C., studying policy, U.S. politics and foreign relations.

My doctoral research, supported by the Cambridge Trust and the AHRC, aims to further uncover the historical role of women in white supremacist and extreme-right movements, especially within the so-called Second Klan (1915-1930). This research not only focuses on the passive and active role of women in the formation of the Klan's ideology, but also aims to uncover women's motivations for joining patriarchal and racist movements, and to explore the role of gender in white supremacist ideology more general. My research focuses on the intersections of gender, race and class within the context of racial nationalism and the turbulent decade of the 1920s. I am supervised by Professor Gary Gerstle.

Other Academic Interests

In addition to histories of race and gender, I am also very interested in political history, political science, current U.S. politics, American foreign policy and the digital humanities. I love tutoring and am an enthusiastic singer.