Maggie Shackelford received her B.A. in History from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2005. After receiving her undergraduate degree, Maggie served as the Executive Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Staff of Policy for Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa's of Los Angeles, California for three years. Maggie has completed the M.A. coursework, and is currently working on her thesis. She is studying the role of lesbian activists in the AIDS movement, specifically in the Southern United States. Maggie is researching whether lesbian activists faced similar barriers because of their gender as their predecessors in the Civil Rights and New Left movements. In her academic pursuits, Maggie hopes to expand the scholarship on the lesbian experience, which remains quite limited, in both LGBT and greater American Historical scholarship. As a proud ally of the LGBT community, after she receives her M.A, Maggie plans to pursue a career in social justice activism, concentrating on the expansion of LGBT civil rights.