History Professor Keisha Blain selected as SITPA Fellow at Duke University

Friday, April 8, 2016

Keisha Blain
Keisha Blain

Keisha N. Blain, assistant professor in the Department of History, has been selected as a 2016-2018 Summer Institute on Tenure and Professional Advancement (SITPA) Fellow at Duke University.

SITPA is a mentoring and professional socialization initiative at Duke designed for early-career faculty to facilitate successful transition from junior faculty status to tenured associate professor. The two-year SITPA fellowship provides information, guidance, and strategies on how to be successful in the tenure quest. In addition to providing research and teaching grants to fellows, a central feature of SITPA is matching fellows with a senior faculty mentor in their discipline, from a college or university other than their own.

Blain is an historian of 20th century United States. She joined the University of Iowa faculty this academic year, in the Department of History, part of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. She specializes in 20th century U.S. history, African American history, the modern African Diaspora, and Women’s and Gender Studies, and is the co-editor of Charleston Syllabus: Readings of Race, Racism, and Racial Violence, released this year.


The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Iowa is a comprehensive college offering 73 majors in the humanities; fine, performing and literary arts; natural and mathematical sciences; social and behavioral sciences; and communication disciplines. More than 17,000 undergraduate and 1,900 graduate students study each year in the college’s 37 departments, led by professors at the forefront of teaching and research in their disciplines. The college teaches all UI undergraduates through the General Education Program, and confers about 70 percent of the UI's bachelor's degrees each academic year.