Keisha N. Blain

Keisha Blain, Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor
20th century U.S. History, African American History, African Diaspora; Women and Gender
260 SH
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On Research Leave for AY 2016/17
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Professor Keisha N. Blain is an historian of the 20th century United States with broad interdisciplinary interests and specializations in African American History, the modern African Diaspora, and Women’s and Gender Studies. Her research interests include black internationalism, radical politics, and global feminisms. She completed a Ph.D. in History from Princeton University in 2014. She is currently completing her first book, Contesting the Global Color Line: Black Women, Nationalist Politics, and Internationalism. The book analyzes an array of primary sources to uncover the crucial role women played in building black nationalist and internationalist protest movements in the United States and other parts of the African Diaspora from the early twentieth century to the 1950s. More information (including sample publications) can be found on  and on Professor Blain’s personal website:

Future publications: 

“‘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 (Spring 2016).

  • Race and Politics in Twentieth-Century America (Fall 2015 & Spring 2016)
  • Graduate Readings in 20th century Black Internationalism (Spring 2016)
Awards & Service: 
  • Honorable Mention, 2015 Lerner-Scott Prize, Organization of American Historians
  • 2015 Global Scholars and Diversity Grant, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR)
  • 2015-16 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Race and Gender History, Rutgers University, New Brunswick (declined)
  • 2015-16 UC Presidential Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, UC Berkeley (declined)
  • 2015-16 Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in African American Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (declined)
  • 2014-2015 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Africana Research Center (ARC), the Pennsylvania State University
  • 2014-15 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Frederick Douglass Institute (FDI), the University of Rochester (declined)
  • 2014 Huggins-Quarles Dissertation Award, Organization of American Historians
  • 2014 Mellon Research Award, Moorland-Spingarn Center, Howard University
  • 2014 MARBL Research Fellowship in African American History, Emory University