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Jeanine Quené

Jeanine Quené

PhD Candidate, American History

Sidney Sussex College
Cambridge CB2 3HU


Born and raised in The Netherlands, I received my BA from University College Utrecht, the honours college of Utrecht University, majoring in History and Political Science. After receiving my BA, I studied for an MA in United States Studies: History and Politics at University College London (UCL). My MA dissertation focused on the role of women in the formation of the Ku Klux Klan's ideology between 1915-1930, and was awarded the Roosevelt Dissertation Prize for best dissertation in US studies. After graduation, I worked as a Political Intern at the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Washington, D.C., studying policy, U.S. politics and foreign relations.

Research Interests

My doctoral research, supported by the Cambridge Trust and the AHRC, further aims to uncover the personal politics of white supremacist womanhood in the early twentieth century. This research focuses on women's personal ties to the white supremacist and patriarchal ideology, and covers white supremacist women in different geographical regions within a time frame that traces both the arc of first-wave feminism and the peak of institutional and socialised white supremacy. In doing so, this dissertation aims to give a national overview of female white supremacy in the period 1900-1930, and to uncover women's motivations for joining racist and patriarchal movements everywhere. My research focuses on the intersections of gender, race and class within the context of changing sexual mores and racial nationalism at the turn of the century. I am supervised by Professor Gary Gerstle.

In addition to histories of gender, race and class, I am also very interested in political history, political science, current U.S. politics, American foreign policy and the digital humanities. 


  • American History