Keisha N. Blain


Dr. Keisha N. Blain is an award-winning historian—an Associate Professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh and the president of the African American Intellectual History Society. She is also a columnist for MSNBC, covering race, gender, and politics in historical and contemporary perspectives. She was recently a 2020-2021 fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University. She is the author of the multi-prize-winning book 'Set the World on Fire: Black Nationalist Women and the Global Struggle for Freedom (2018)' and co-editor of 'To Turn the Whole World Over: Black Women and Internationalism' (University of Illinois Press, 2019); 'New Perspectives on the Black Intellectual Tradition' (Northwestern University Press, 2018); and 'Charleston Syllabus: Readings on Race, Racism, and Racial Violence' (University of Georgia Press, 2016). Her latest books are the No. 1 New York Times best-seller 'Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019,' edited with Ibram X. Kendi (Penguin Random House/One World, 2021); and 'Until I Am Free: Fannie Lou Hamer's Enduring Message to America' (Beacon Press, October 5, 2021). Follow her on Instagram @KeishaNBlain.

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