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Our OAH Distinguished Lecturers are scholars and storytellers, uniquely qualified to bring historical context to some of today's most provocative issues. They engage audiences, sharing monumental moments and unknown stories from our nation's past that influence and inform our world today.

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Keisha N. Blain

Keisha N. Blain is a historian of the 20th c. United States with broad interdisciplinary interests and specializations in African American History, the modern African Diaspora, and Women’s and Gender Studies. She is currently an Associate Professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh and President of the African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS). Blain completed a Ph.D. in History from Princeton University. Her research has been supported by fellowships and awards from a number of institutions, including the Ford Foundation, the American Association of University Women (AAUW), and Harvard University’s Hutchins Center for African & African American Research. Blain...(Read More)

Featured Lecture

Black Women’s Writings, Diasporic Politics, and Pan-African Discourses

This lecture explores Black nationalist women’s engagement in anticolonial and diasporic politics. It offers a critical analysis of these women’s writings in an array of global black newspapers including the 'New Negro World,' 'the Ethiopian World,' and 'the African: Journal of African Affairs.'

"Examining the largely overlooked writings of Black nationalist women in the United States, the Caribbean, and other parts of the globe captures the richness and complexities of global Black politics during the twentieth century."