Keisha N. Blain

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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 a 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. In Fall 2017, she will be an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh. Her articles have appeared in Souls, the Journal of Social History, and Palimpsest: A Journal on Women, Gender, and the Black International. Along with Ula Taylor and Asia Leeds, she recently edited a special journal issue on women, gender politics, and Pan-Africanism. 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). Follow her on Twitter @KeishaBlain.