Alison Rose Jefferson earned a Doctorate of Philosophy in History from the University of California, Santa Barbara, a Master of Heritage Conservation from the University of Southern California, and a Bachelor of Arts from Pomona College.
Arriving in January 2020, her book titled Living the California Dream: African American Leisure Sites during the Jim Crow Era (University of Nebraska Press), rethinks the significance of the struggle for leisure and public space for all within the long freedom rights struggle and civil rights movement. Her work has garnered attention in KCET-LA programming, the Los Angeles Times and other media outlets.
Much of Jefferson’s work is public-facing. She researched and wrote (with collaborator Martha Groves) the stanchion and guidebook texts for the Angels Walk LA Central Avenue heritage trail to be installed in 2019. She was a co-curator on the “Intersections of South Central Los Angeles: People and Places in Historic and Contemporary Photographs” exhibit and co-writer of its catalog (California African American Museum, 2006), and the creator of the text for the monument plaque marking the African American experience during the Jim Crow era at a Santa Monica beach site, “The Inkwell: A Place of Celebration and Pain” (2008). Jefferson also was a featured historian in the “White Wash” (2011) documentary movie.
A native of Los Angeles, California, her professional interests revolve around American and California history, the experiences of African descent people, public history, spatial justice, heritage conservation, and cultural tourism.