Department of History

Keisha N. Blain

  • Associate Professor

Watch Dr. Blain discuss her research, teaching, and innovative public history work.


United States
African Diaspora
African American History
Women and Gender 


Civil Rights and Black Power
Black Internationalism
African American Women’s History

Education & Training

  • PhD, Princeton University, 2014

Representative Publications

Set the World on Fire: Black Nationalist Women and the Global Struggle for Freedom (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018).

New Perspectives on the Black Intellectual Tradition, ed. with Christopher Cameron and Ashley D. Farmer (Northwestern University Press, 2018).

Charleston Syllabus: Readings on Race, Racism, and Racial Violence, ed. with Chad Williams and Kidada Williams (University of Georgia Press, 2016).

“‘Confraternity Among All Dark Races’: Mittie Maude Lena Gordon and the Practice of Black (Inter)nationalism in Chicago, 1932-1942” in Palimpsest: A Journal on Women, Gender, and the Black International, Vol. 5, Issue 2 (Fall 2016): 151-181.

“‘We Want to Set the World on Fire’: Black Nationalist Women and Diasporic Politics in the New Negro World, 1940-1944” in Journal of Social History, Vol. 49, No. 1 (Fall 2015): 194-212.

“‘[F]or the Rights of Dark People in Every Part of the World’: Pearl Sherrod, Black Internationalist Feminism, and Afro-Asian Politics in the 1930s” in Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society, Vol. 17, No. 1 (June 2015): 90-112.