Crystal Webster is currently an Assistant Professor of African American history at the University of British Columbia. She received her BA with honors in Africana Studies from Oberlin College and PhD from the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of African American Studies at University of Massachusetts Amherst. She was previously a long-term Mellon dissertation fellow at the Library Company of Philadelphia program in African American history. She has presented at national conferences including the Organization of American Historians and the Association for the Study of African American Life & History, and received first place writing awards from the National Council for Black Studies and the Association of Black Women Historians.