Career Moves and Research Updates

pic_schomburgI am excited to share a few important updates about my research, teaching, and service. As you all know, I have been on a research leave, busy writing my first book on black nationalist women’s national and global politics. Thanks to a fellowship from the American Association of University Women (AAUW), I have been able to focus on completing revisions for the book. It’s scheduled to be published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in Spring 2018. The book will be included in the wonderful book series on “Politics and Culture in Modern America.” I’ll share more details in the coming weeks.

I am also thrilled to announce that I will be joining the department of history at the University of Pittsburgh! I have long admired the wonderful historians at Pitt and I am honored (and extremely excited!) to have this opportunity to work with them. I’m very much looking forward to teaching a range of courses in African American and African Diaspora History, and I look forward to mentoring the talented undergraduate and graduate students at Pitt. Pitt will also be the new institutional home of the African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS). This is a wonderful development for AAIHS and a reflection of Pitt’s commitment to supporting the crucial work that we do. My colleagues and I will provide more details over at AAIHS in the coming weeks.

This year, I’ll continue to serve as the senior editor of Black Perspectives (the blog of AAIHS). I am working closely with my colleague Ibram X. Kendi to continue to expand the blog’s reach and impact on a national and global scale. I recently started a new position as a section editor for Public Books, featuring new books on global black history. The decision was, of course, motivated by my love of books and my respect and admiration for the amazing work Kate and Sharon are doing at Public Books. But even more, it is also an important step towards deepening the relationship between AAIHS and Public Books—we look forward to collaborating in the months and years to come. Please be on the look out for my upcoming interview on Public Books with Gerald Horne on his new book, Paul Robeson: The Artist as Revolutionary.

I am also excited to share that I recently joined the editorial board of the award-winning Journal of Women’s History! I am honored to have this opportunity to contribute to this stellar journal, and my hope is that as a new member of the editorial board, I’ll be able to further enhance the journal’s already excellent content on black women’s national and global history.

Last, but certainly not least, I want to extend my thanks to my family, friends, and mentors who have provided unwavering support, guidance, and encouragement along the way. I am grateful too for all of you reading this update–thank you for your support. Thank you for reading my work.