Keisha N. Blain

Keisha N. Blain

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An award-winning historian who writes on race, politics, and gender, Keisha N. Blain currently teaches history at the University of Pittsburgh. She is the author of Set the World on Fire: Black Nationalist Women and the Global Struggle for Freedom (2018) and a coeditor of Charleston Syllabus: Readings on Race, Racism, and Racial Violence (2016). She received the OAH Huggins-Quarles Award and the Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations' William Appleman Williams Junior Faculty Research grant to support her early research. Her work has been published in academic journals, such as the Journal of Social History and Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society, as well as in popular media outlets, including the Huffington Post, the Washington Post, Newsweek, and The Feminist Wire. She is currently the president of the African American Intellectual History Society and the senior editor of its popular blog, Black Perspectives.

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  • Black Internationalist Feminism and Afro-Asian Politics
  • Black Women’s Writings, Diasporic Politics, and Pan-African Discourses
  • Police Violence and a History of Black Women’s Activism