Jody L. Allen, a native of Hampton, VA, earned her doctorate in U.S. history at William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA in 2007. African American history is her area of specialization including Reconstruction, the Jim Crow Era, school desegregation, and women & gender. Her dissertation considers the consequences of and responses to the 1902 Virginia constitution revisions that disfranchised most African Americans and some whites. She is also working with a colleague to produce "The Green Light," a documentary film on the school desegregation case, Charles C. Green v. the School Board of New Kent County, VA. This little-known 1968 Supreme Court decision led to the integration of public schools throughout the South. She co-authored "Recovering a 'Lost' Story Using Oral History: The United States Supreme Court's Historic Green v. New Kent County, Virginia, Decision" which appeared in The Oral History Review. Currently, Allen is a visiting assistant professor at William & Mary and Director of the Lemon Project: A Journey of Reconciliation. Through her work on The Lemon Project she is exploring the history of the College’s role as slaveholder and proponent of Jim Crow.