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As a Schwartz Fellow at New America, Reniqua Allen is conducting a multimedia project on the erosion of the black middle class and is in the initial stages of research for a book about the culture of segregation in the America. Ms. Allen is a freelance journalist who has worked with The Washington Post, Congressional Quarterly, The Guardian, Moyers & Company, Black Enterprise, Fox News and MSNBC, often focusing on topics surrounding race and social justice. Her last two film projects, HBO's Hot Coffee and We're Not Broke, on tort reform and corporate tax laws respectively, were both finalists at the Sundance film festival.
Allen is also a Ph.D student in American Studies at Rutgers University, where she focuses on the intersection of race, class, and popular culture. Her dissertation will look at intra-racial class tensions on television in the "Post-Cosby" landscape. She has a BA in Journalism and Political Science and a MA in Political Science from American University.