Camille Borders

Department of History

Camille is a historian, writer, and poet invested in unearthing the lived experiences of African American women. She is a third-year Ph.D. Candidate in History with graduate certificates in African American Studies and Gender & Sexuality Studies. Camille graduated magna cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis in 2018 with a B.A. in History and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. After graduation, she moved across the Atlantic, studying at the University of Oxford as a 2018 Rhodes Scholar. There, she received her MPhil in US History with distinction. As a public historian, she is passionate about storytelling and was the inaugural Program Director for the African American Heritage House at the Chautauqua Institution, helping facilitate discussion and craft historical interpretation.

At Princeton, she is writing her dissertation on Black women’s embodied experience of pleasure in the 19th century. She contributed as a researcher to the Toni Morrison “Sites of Memory” exhibition at the Princeton University Library. Camille’s writing has appeared in the Huffington PostUSA Today, and The Chicago Review of Books.