Department of History

Keisha N. Blain

  • Assistant Professor


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).

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.