Breanna Moore


Ph.D. Student

Fontaine Fellow


I’m currently a third-year graduate student pursuing a Ph.D. in History at the University of Pennsylvania. My passion is to disseminate diverse histories to the public, especially to marginalized groups, inside and outside of academic spaces through multimodal mediums such as film, digital media, fashion, and public history projects. In 2019, I was commissioned by the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology to create an art installation for the opening of the New Africa Galleries. I created a dress, titled “Wearable Literature,” which uses art and embroidery to express the importance of ancestral communication and the principle of Sankofa in the design of the fabric. 

I joined the Penn Slavery Project in Spring 2018. Through the Penn and Slavery Project’s Augmented Reality Mobile Tour App, I document the history of my family over five generations, from slavery to the present, set in contrast with the fortunes of my family’s enslavers which included two men who received medical degrees from Penn during the 19th century. I'm currently working on a documentary which centers my family as a microcosm of the southern Black experience from slavery to present day and explores issues of reparatory justice, intergenerational wealth and privilege, and legacies of inequality between the wealth, educational attainments, and resources of the families of white enslavers and the families of the enslaved.

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Advisors: Roquinaldo Ferreira and Kathleen Brown


B.A., International Relations and African Studies, University of Pennsylvania (2015)

Research Interests

My research interests include slavery, the transAtlantic slave trade, the colonization of North America, South America, the Caribbean, and Africa, and the history of the African diaspora.

Courses Taught

TA, African Since 1800 (Fall 2020)

TA, American Origins (Spring 2021)


The Penn and Slavery Project

The Center for Experimental Ethnography

Price Lab for Digital Humanities


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