Lauren N. Henley is a doctoral candidate in the History Department at the University of Texas at Austin. She studies transformations in the American South from Reconstruction through the eve of World War II. Specifically, she uses violence, crime, and trauma to consider how rural black communities experienced the Great Migration, technological innovation, and Jim Crow realities. By considering black women as both the victims of and perpetrators of violent crime, Henley interrogates how issues of race, gender, class, and age informed changes in American society during the early twentieth century. Henley is a Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellow, a Mellon Engaged Scholar Initiative Fellow, and a Beinecke Scholar.