New America Fellowship, Class of 2022

I am thrilled to share the wonderful news that I am a 2022 New America National Fellow! Please see the details below from the Pitt News Wire. 


On Sept. 21, Keisha N. Blain, an award-winning historian and writer, and associate professor of history, added one more prestigious award to her resume.

Blain has joined the New America National Fellows Class of 2022. New America is an organization committed to investing in thinkers who generate ideas that impact and spark new conversations about the most pressing issues of our day.

The program received nearly 400 applicants this year, and chose 15 talented individuals for the Class of 2022 National Fellows. Throughout the course of their fellowship year, fellows will pursue book, essay, and media projects in a wide range of policy areas, including the growth of militant groups in the United States, violence in Mexico, sex testing in sports, race and immigration, child care, and the housing crisis.

Blain is currently a fellow for the Institute for Advanced Studyone of the world’s leading centers for theoretical research and intellectual inquiry, whose previous members and faculty include Albert Einstein and J. Robert Oppenheimer. Her 2018 book “Set the World on Fire: Black Nationalist Woman and the Global Struggle for Freedom” won several awards, and in 2021, she published two acclaimed books: “Until I am Free: Fannie Lou Hamer’s Enduring Message to America” and “Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619 -2019,” edited with Ibram X. Kendi. Blain is currently an opinion columnist for MSNBC, and she is writing another book that highlights the history of Black women and the struggle for human rights.