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    Welcome!

    I am a 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. My research interests include black internationalism, radical politics, and global feminisms.
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    New Book

    Set the World on Fire is the first book to examine how black nationalist women engaged in national and global politics from the early twentieth century to the 1960s. Historians of the era generally portray the period between the Garvey movement of the 1920s and the Black Power movement of the 1960s as an era of declining black nationalist activism, but Keisha N. Blain reframes the Great Depression, World War II, and the early Cold War as significant eras of black nationalist—and particularly, black nationalist women's—ferment.

Latest Projects

New Journal Article in SOULS

I recently published a new journal article in Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Culture, Politics and Society. The article is ...
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News & Updates

The Black Activist Women of 100 Years Ago

My book, SET THE WORLD ON FIRE, was recently featured in The Christian Century magazine! Check out this excellent review by Yelena Bailey: ...
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