Daina Ramey Berry
Daina Ramey Berry is the Michael Douglas Dean of Humanities and Fine Arts at the University of California, Santa Barbara. An internationally recognized scholar of the enslaved and a specialist on gender and slavery and Black women’s history, Berry is the award-winning author and editor of six books and numerous scholarly articles. Her most recent book, A Black Women's History of the United States (2020), co-authored with OAH Distinguished Lecturer Kali Nicole Gross, won the 2021 Susan Koppelman Award for the Best Book in Feminist Studies, was a 2021 NAACP Finalist for Literary Non-Fiction, and received honorable mention for OAH’s 2021 Darlene Clark Hine Book Award. Her forthcoming books are The Myths of Slavery and a biography of Anna Murray Douglass.
Berry has written for the New York Times, Forbes, The Atlantic, Time, the Washington Post, Politico, Texas Monthly, and others. She has been featured in multiple documentaries and TV shows, has been interviewed on subjects including slavery and Black women by media outlets including NPR, MSNBC, NBC, USA Today, PBS, Time, National Geographic, The New York Times, and The Washington Post, and she served as a historical consultant and technical advisor for the remake of ROOTS by Alex Haley (HISTORY/ A+E) in 2016.
Berry has received prestigious fellowships for her research from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the American Association of University Women, and the Ford Foundation, and in 2021 she was inducted as a fellow of the Society of American Historians and the American Antiquarian Society. She is a consultant for museums and historical societies throughout the United States, including being appointed to the Montpelier Plantation Board of Directors, representing the descendant community.