Keisha N. Blain

Keisha N. Blain

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Keisha N. Blain is an award-winning historian who writes on race, gender, and politics. She is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh and President of the African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS). Her research interests include black internationalism, radical politics, and global feminisms. She is the author of Set the World on Fire: Black Nationalist Women and the Global Struggle for Freedom (2018), which which won the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians Book Prize and the Darlene Clark Hine Award from the Organization of American Historians. The book was also a finalist for the Hooks National Book Award and selected as one of the best books of 2018 by several outlets, including Smithsonian Magazine and BuzzFeed. Blain is also the coeditor of To Turn the Whole World Over: Black Women and Internationalism (2019); New Perspectives on the Black Intellectual Tradition (2018); and Charleston Syllabus: Readings on Race, Racism, and Racial Violence (2016). She is currently a 2019-2020 W.E.B. Du Bois Fellow at Harvard University, where she is working on her next book, "East Unites with West: Black Women, Japan, and Visions of Afro-Asian Solidarity."

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Twitter: @KeishaBlain.


  • 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