We are excited to welcome two leading scholars, Dr. Keisha N. Blain and Dr. Megan Francis, to the Carr Center and to our new program on racial justice.
With the initiation of the Carr Center for Human Rights Racial Justice program—focusing on reimagining systems, institutions, and movements to promote racial and economic equity for all—we're honored to welcome the research, discourse, and leadership of two new Carr Center fellows.
Dr. Keisha N. Blain—Associate Professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh, and President of the African American Intellectual History Society—is an award-winning historian of the 20th century United States with broad interests and specializations in African American History, the modern African Diaspora, and Women’s and Gender Studies. Her research interests include Black internationalism, radical politics, and global feminism. Blain is the author of Set the World on Fire: Black Nationalist Women and the Global Struggle for Freedom (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018). At the Carr Center, she will be completing a book on Fannie Lou Hamer's political ideas, which will be published by Beacon Press in 2021.
Dr. Megan Francis—Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Washington—specializes in the study of American politics, with broad interests in criminal punishment, Black political activism, philanthropy, and the post-civil war South. She is the author of the award winning book, Civil Rights and the Making of the Modern American State. At the Carr Center, she will be working on her next book project ‘How to Fund a Movement’ which examines the history and future of philanthropy’s complicated relationship with social movements.
Their fellowship was made possible by the generous support of advisory board chair Michael Decker and Debra Decker.