President and Founder–Christopher Cameron
Christopher Cameron is an Associate Professor of History at the University of North Carolina Charlotte. He received his MA and PhD in American History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research and teaching interests include early American history, the history of slavery and abolition, and American religious and intellectual history. Cameron’s first book, entitled To Plead Our Own Cause: African Americans in Massachusetts and the Making of the Antislavery Movement, was published by Kent State University Press in 2014, and he is currently writing a book on African American freethinkers from the 19th century to the present.
Secretary & Senior Blog Editor–Keisha N. Blain
Keisha N. Blain is 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. She completed an MA and PhD in History at Princeton University. Her research interests include black internationalism, radical politics, and global feminisms. She is currently a Visiting Research Scholar in Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Iowa. Her articles have appeared in Souls, the Journal of Social History, and Palimpsest: A Journal on Women, Gender, and the Black International. Her forthcoming book, Set the World on Fire: Black Nationalist Women and the Global Struggle for Freedom (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018), uncovers the crucial role women played in building black nationalist and internationalist protest movements in the United States and other parts of the African Diaspora during the twentieth century. She is one of the co-editors of Charleston Syllabus: Readings on Race, Racism and Racial Violence (University of Georgia Press, 2016).
Treasurer–Ashley D. Farmer
Ashley D. Farmer is a historian of African American Women’s intellectual and political history. She completed a PhD in African American Studies at Harvard University. She is an Assistant Professor of History and African American Studies at Boston University. Her research has appeared or will be appearing in numerous venues including The Black Scholar, The Journal of African American History, and Women, Gender, and Families of Color. She has also contributed to popular outlets including The Independent and The History Channel. She is currently working on her first monograph, What You’ve Got Is a Revolution: Black Women’s Movements for Black Power (forthcoming, UNC Press).
Publications Committee Chair–Jessica Marie Johnson
Jessica Marie Johnson is an Assistant Professor of History and Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University. Johnson holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in History from the University of Maryland, College Park and a B.A. in African & African American Studies from Washington University in St. Louis where she was also a Mellon-Mays Undergraduate Fellow. Her research interests include women, gender, and sexuality in the African diaspora; histories of slavery and the slave trade; and digital history and new media and has appeared in Slavery & Abolition and Meridians: Feminism, Race and Transnationalism. As a digital humanist, Johnson is interested in ways digital and social media disseminate and create historical narratives, in particular, comparative histories of slavery and people of African descent, and the power of radical media to create social change. In 2008, she founded African Diaspora, Ph.D., a blog highlighting scholars and scholarship in the field of Atlantic African diaspora history.
2017 Conference Committee Chair–Brandon R. Byrd
Brandon R. Byrd is an Assistant Professor of History at Vanderbilt University where he teaches courses in United States, African American, and African Diaspora History. He earned a Ph.D. from the Department of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research in the field of black intellectual history has been supported by fellowships and grants from numerous institutions including Marquette University, the American Philosophical Society, the W.E.B. Du Bois Library at UMass-Amherst, the Marcus Garvey Foundation, and the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. It has also appeared or is forthcoming in several outlets including Slavery & Abolition and The Journal of Haitian Studies. Currently, Dr. Byrd is working on a book manuscript titled An Experiment in Self-Government: Haiti in the African-American Political Imagination, 1863-1915. It examines the ways in which black public figures in the United States conceptualized the link between Haitian independence and their prospects for racial progress, communal self-determination, and full citizenship during the decades after the U.S. Civil War. The book will be published with the America in the Nineteenth Century series at the University of Pennsylvania Press.
2018 Conference Committee Chair–Greg Childs
Greg Childs is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Brandeis University. He completed a Ph.D. at New York University in 2012, where he specialized in the history of the African Diaspora in Latin America and the Caribbean. He is particularly interested in the formation of black political life and knowledge productions by people of African descent in the Americas and the Atlantic World. He is currently completing a book entitled, Seditious Spaces, Public Politics: The Tailor’s Conspiracy of Bahia, Brazil and the Politics of Freedom in the Revolutionary Atlantic. In this work he examines the relationship between resistance by persons of African descent and the development of public opinion in the last decades of the eighteenth century. At the center of this project is a movement to end racial discrimination and Portuguese rule that was organized and promoted in public spaces throughout the Brazilian city of Salvador da Bahia by free men of color in 1798. The book thus registers a call for understanding public spheres according to critical geography and not just critical discourse analysis. He is also at work on a second project tentatively titled “The Madness of Blackness, or the Confinement of Freedom in the Post-Emancipation Era.” This project traces the development of ideas and practices that linked freedom from slavery with mental insanity across the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in Brazil, Cuba, and the U.S. South.