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African American History
Women and Gender
Civil Rights and Black Power
African American Women’s History
Education & Training
- PhD, Princeton University, 2014
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.