Keisha N. Blain

Keisha N. Blain

Carr Center Fellow

Dr. Keisha N. Blain 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. She completed a Ph.D. in History from Princeton University in 2014. Her research interests include Black internationalism, radical politics, and global feminism.

Blain is currently an Associate Professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh and President of the African American Intellectual History Society. She also serves as an editor for the Washington Post’s ‘Made by History’ section.

Blain is the author of Set the World on Fire: Black Nationalist Women and the Global Struggle for Freedom (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018), winner of the 2018 First Book Award from the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians and the 2019 Darlene Clark Hine Award from the Organization of American Historians. The book was also selected as a finalist for several prizes, including the 2018 Hooks National Book Award and most recently, the 2020 Ida Blom–Karen Offen Prize in Transnational Women's and Gender History. In 2018, the book was selected as one of the best history books by Smithsonian Magazine.

Blain is the co-editor of four books: Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America; New Perspectives on the Black Intellectual Tradition; To Turn the Whole World Over: Black Women and Internationalism; and Charleston Syllabus: Readings on Race, Racism, and Racial Violence. Her next book, Until I Am Free: Fannie Lou Hamer's Vision of America, will be published by Beacon Press in 2021.