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Jalane Schmidt, Ph.D.
Director, Memory Project
Associate Professor of Religious Studies
University of Virginia 

Jalane Schmidt is Director of the UVA Democracy Initiative’s Memory Project and Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia. She teaches courses on race, religion, and social change movements, and is the author of Cachita’s Streets: The Virgin of Charity, Race & Revolution in Cuba, a study of Cuban national identity, religion, and public events. A scholar-activist in Charlottesville, Virginia, Schmidt plans and leads public history events focused upon Civil War memory, Jim Crow, and local African American history. She cofounded the 2019-2020 Monumental Justice Virginia campaign which successfully lobbied the Virginia General Assembly to overturn a century-old state law which had prohibited localities from removing Confederate statues.