Linda Jean Hall is an activist cultural anthropologist dedicated to serving the educational needs of future generations. Dr. Hall received her doctorate at the University of California Riverside (2017) and she holds three degrees at the University of California Santa Barbara in Spanish, Latin American Studies and Anthropology. Her recently released ethnographic study under the title of The Transnational “Good Life: Ecuadorian Social Clubs as Spaces of Resistance” is part of a collaborative initiative by Studies in Latin America and the University of North Carolina Press at Chapel Hill. As a lecturer at UCLA, UCR and California Polytechnic University, Hall specializes in teaching courses in Anthropology, Chicano Studies, and Global Studies focusing on Science and Technological Studies, ethnography, diasporic transnational immigration, and race and ethnicity. Hall’s memoir entitled Three Rivers Crossed is an award-winning and official textbook at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. This work is also included in the historical collections of both the Smithsonian’s Heinz History Museum and a part of the State of Pennsylvania archives. Hall’s latest book, an autoethnographic study entitled Gifting Resilience: A pandemic study of my black female resistance is ideal reading for students of Black Studies, Anthropology, African American Studies, and related courses, as well as for students of Feminist and Womanist studies, Gender Studies, History, and Cultural Studies. Unflinchingly honest, this book gives a human face to viewpoints and ideas that originate deep within the complex and diverse African Diasporic lived experience. In addition to lecturing and doing research, Dr. Hall is developing a non-profit organization that will work with existing campus resources to reduce the attrition of historically vulnerable undergraduate and graduate students.

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