Keisha N. Blain
Fields of Study: United States History, African American History, Modern African Diaspora
Advisor: Tera W. Hunter
I am an historian of the 20th c. 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 radical politics, black transnationalism, and global feminisms.
My dissertation, "‘For the Freedom of the Race’: Black Women and the Practices of Nationalism, 1929-1945," examines how black nationalist women engaged in national and global politics during the Great Depression and World War II. Drawing upon an extensive evidentiary base of primary sources—archival material, historical newspapers, oral histories and government records—my study reclaims the Great Depression and World War II as watershed moments in the history of black nationalism and sheds new light on the underappreciated importance of women in shaping black nationalist and internationalist movements during this period.
My research has been supported by the Center for African American Studies (CAAS), the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies (GSS), the University Center for Human Values (UCHV), and the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS). I earned a B.A. (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) in History and Africana Studies from Binghamton University (SUNY) and an M.A. in History from Princeton University. I will earn a Ph.D. in History in June 2014.
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