Incoming Executive Board
President–Keisha N. Blain
Keisha N. Blain is a historian who writes on race, politics, and gender. She obtained a PhD in History from Princeton University. She is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh. She served as the first senior editor of Black Perspectives from 2015 to 2018. Blain is the author of Set the World on Fire: Black Nationalist Women and the Global Struggle for Freedom (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018), which won the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians Book Prize and the Darlene Clark Hine Award from the Organization of American Historians. The book was also a finalist for the Hooks National Book Award and selected as one of the best books of 2018 by several outlets, including Smithsonian Magazine and BuzzFeed. Blain is also the co-editor of To Turn the Whole World Over: Black Women and Internationalism (University of Illinois Press, 2019); New Perspectives on the Black Intellectual Tradition (Northwestern University Press, 2018); and Charleston Syllabus: Readings on Race, Racism, and Racial Violence (University of Georgia Press, 2016). Her work has been published in several academic journals such as the Journal of Social History and Souls; and popular outlets including Time, the Huffington Post, The Washington Post, and The Feminist Wire. In 2019-2020 she is a W. E. B. Du Bois Fellow at Harvard University.
Vice President–Tyler D. Perry
Treasurer–Phillip Luke Sinitiere
Secretary–Grace D. Gipson
Grace D. Gipson is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Frederick Douglass Institute at the University of Rochester. She received her Ph.D. in African American Studies with a designated emphasis in New Media from the University of California Berkeley, MA in African American Studies at Georgia State University, and BA in Psychology from Clark Atlanta University. Grace is Black future feminist/pop culture scholar whose research explores Black popular culture, digital humanities, representations of race and gender within comic books, Afrofuturism, and race and new media. Grace’s recent publications include “Creating and Imagining Black Futures through Afrofuturism” in the edited collection #identity: Hashtagging Race, Gender, Sex, and Nation; “What Can The Hunger Games Teach Us About Bitch Planet’s Megaton?” as part of Hard Women, Hard Time: Bitch Planet Comics Studies Roundtable in The Middle Spaces; and “Afro-Futurism’s Musical Princess Janelle Monae: Psychadelic Soul Message Music Infused with a Sci-Fi Twist” in the edited collection Afrofuturism 2.0: The Rise of Astro-Blackness, Vol. I. Her current book project seeks to explore Black female identities as personified in comics and fandom culture. A second project examines how online Black female academic and popular networks produce cultural and technical capital, which act as safe spaces that showcase, interrogate, and celebrate the blending of popular culture and the academy.
2020 Conference Chair–Christopher Cameron
Christopher Cameron is an Associate Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He received his Ph.D. in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the author of To Plead Our Own Cause: African Americans in Massachusetts and the Making of the Antislavery Movement (Kent State University Press, 2014) and co-editor of New Perspectives on the Black Intellectual Tradition (Northwestern University Press, 2018). His new book, Black Freethinkers: A History of African American Secularism (Northwestern University Press, 2019), explores African American humanism, agnosticism, and atheism from the late-18th century to the civil rights era. Drawing from memoirs, novels, poetry, newspapers, and archival materials, he argues that secularism has been a key component of black political and intellectual life for nearly 150 years. In addition to his research, he was the founding president of the African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS).