Magdalene Zier, from New York, New York, is pursuing a PhD in history at Stanford School of Humanities and Sciences, and a JD at Stanford Law School. She graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University with a bachelor’s degree in history and literature. Magdalene worked as an analyst for executive policy and projects at the NAACP’s national headquarters. At Stanford, she plans to further her work on civil rights law and history, with a focus on America’s history of voter suppression and its implications on the current democracy. She was a fellow at the Gate Theatre and the American Repertory Theater, a research assistant in Harvard’s Department of African-American Studies, and president of the Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club. She won the Thomas T. Hoopes Prize for outstanding undergraduate scholarly work, the Oliver-Dabney Prize for her thesis, and the Elizabeth Maguire Memorial Prize for excellence in the study of African-American literature.