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

Until I am Free: Fannie Lou Hamer’s Enduring Message to America (Beacon Press, 2021)

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

  • Winner of the 2019 Darlene Clark Hine Award from the Organization of American Historians
  • Winner of the 2018 First Book Award from the Berkshire Conference on Women Historians
  • Selected as 'One of the Best History Books of 2018' by Smithsonian Magazine
  • Finalist for the 2018 Hooks National Book Award
  • Finalist for the 2020 Karen Offen-Ida Bloom Prize

Co-editor with Ibram X. Kendi, Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019 (One World/Penguin Random House, 2021).

Co-editor with Tiffany M. Gill, To Turn the Whole World Over: Black Women and Internationalism (University of Illinois Press, 2019).

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

Co-editor with Chad Williams and Kidada Williams, Charleston Syllabus: Readings on Race, Racism, and Racial Violence (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.