Editing Team

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, Contesting the Global Color Line: Black Women, Nationalist Politics, and Internationalism (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).

Associate Blog Editor–Ibram X. Kendi

KendiIbram X. Kendi is an assistant professor of African American history at the University of Florida. An intellectual and social movement historian, Ibram studies racist and antiracist ideas and movements. His new book, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, was recently published by Nation Books. It was recently awarded the 2016 National Book Award for nonfiction. Ibram is also the author of the award-winning book, The Black Campus Movement: Black Students and the Racial Reconstitution of Higher Education, 1965–1972, and fourteen essays on the Black Campus Movement, Black power, and intellectual history in books and referred academic journals. He has received research fellowships, grants, and visiting appointments from a variety of universities, foundations, professional associations, and libraries, including the American Historical Association, Library of Congress, National Academy of Education, Spencer Foundation, Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis, Brown University, and Princeton University. A regular public speaker and contributor of op-eds, Ibram completed a PhD in African American Studies at Temple University. He is currently working on the first general history of New York Black power, Black Apple: Malcolm X and Black Power in New York, 1954-1974—a book under contract with NYU Press. Follow him on Twitter @DrIbram.

Editorial Assistants (AY 2016-2017)

View More: http://fritphotosumd.pass.us/frit-headshotsCharlee M. Redman is a masters candidate in French Studies at the University of Maryland-College Park. Her interests include twentieth-century and contemporary Francophone literature from the Caribbean and Africa as well as early modern culture, the medical humanities, and eighteenth and nineteenth century French literature. She is particularly interested in the intersection of environment, place, and identity. Follow her on Twitter @charleemyranda.


img_2478_2Sydney-Paige Patterson is a graduate of the John W. Draper Interdisciplinary Master’s Program at New York University. She currently works as the Executive Assistant to the High School Director at Hyde Leadership Charter School in Bronx, NY. Her work examines twentieth century social movements, focusing primarily on interactions between African-Americans and Dalits in India. She is a Gary, Indiana native and Michael Jackson music lover. Follow her on Twitter @PinkyGilmore


Mares - bio picRichard M. Mares is a Ph.D. candidate at Michigan State University. He is currently working on his dissertation entitled, “Too Western in My Approach to Tyranny’: Black Internationalism and Robert F. Williams’ Activist Network in the Cold War, 1950-1976.” This project examines the strategies used by an activist network to weather the political climate of the Cold War. Using Robert F. Williams’ life and thought as a nucleus, it explores the lived experience of a select group of African American expatriates during the 1960s and 1970s. This cohort includes Williams, his wife Mabel Robinson Williams, journalists Julian Mayfield and Richard Gibson, activists Mae Mallory and Vicki Garvin, and the civil rights attorney Conrad J. Lynn.


azmarAzmar K. Williams is a doctoral student in Harvard University’s history department.  In May of 2015, he received his B.A. from Yale University where he majored in history and African American studies.  His research interests include post-emancipation U.S. history and African American social and intellectual history.  His current project examines the life and work of historian and public intellectual Albert Bushnell Hart.  He is a native North Carolinian.


Benita Dix is a doctoral student in the department of History at Morgan State University. She earned Bachelor’s of Science in Animal Science, and a Master’s of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies (with concentration in Literature, African-American History, and Women’s Studies) from Texas Tech University. Her research interests include activism and agency among the Black working class and poor; feminism; and Black women and the welfare movement. She is originally from Texas. Follow her on Twitter at @NitaOnDaVine.