Interview with Jessica Duggan


William Calandro



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This interview was conducted by William “Bill” Calandro with Jessica Duggan as part of Project 2020: A Collaborative Oral History. Duggan sheds light on her experience as a new transfer student arriving at Winthrop University in the spring of 2020, just a couple months before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S. She discusses evolutions in education in terms of virtual and hybrid learning. Most of the interview revolves around Duggan’s experience as an essential worker at Harris Teeter during the pandemic, often highlighting supply chain shortages and workplace tension. Other topics of conversation include the Black Live Matter movement, the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election, and the politicization of the pandemic (face masks, the vaccine, etc.).

Jessica Duggan (b. 1999) is a native of Long Island, New York but currently resides in Indian Land, S.C. At the time of the interview, she was a History major with a minor in Community-Based Learning at Winthrop University. She previously studied at York Technical College in Rock Hill, S.C.

Spearheaded by Dr. O. Jennifer Dixon-McKnight, an Assistant Professor of History & African American Studies at Winthrop University, Project 2020 is best summarized in her words: “The goal was to conduct interviews that explored the various ways in which Americans were experiencing and being impacted by the various watershed moments that emerged during 2020 (the global pandemic, social unrest, financial challenges, issues with healthcare, etc.)."

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COVID-19 Pandemic, 2020, Essential Worker, Vaccination, Education, Social Unrest, 2020 U.S. Election, Winthrop University

Interview with Jessica Duggan