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, 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).

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)

Charlee 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.


Sydney-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.


Richard 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.


Azmar 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.


Christopher Shell is a senior at Howard University. He is currently majoring in History and pursing a minor in Political Science. His research explores the critical impact and legacy that Marcus Garvey and Black internationalism played in Australian Aboriginal movements of the 20th century. He is a member of the  Golden Key International Honour Society and has received several awards and fellowships including the Schomburg-Mellon Research Fellowship. He is currently serving as the President of the Howard University Chess Club and has plans to pursue a PhD in History. Follow him on Twitter at @ChrisShell95.


Melissa Shaw is a PhD candidate in the Department of History at Queens University, studying 20th century Black Canadian History. She was awarded her B.A. (Hons.) from the University of Toronto with a Specialist in History and Political Science and Minors in Francophone Studies and Philosophy of Science. Her dissertation, “Blackness and British “Fair Play”: Burgeoning Black Social Activism in Ontario and its Responses to the Canadian Colour Line, 1919-1939,” explores the symbiotic relationship between anti-Black racisms in Canada and the rise of Black Canadian activism in Ontario. Focusing on the social articulations of race consciousness within a variety of Black Canadian organizations, it examines the ways activism initiatives contended with anti-Black racism by claiming rights for Blacks as Canadian citizens and British imperial subjects through local, continental, and Pan-African methods and race politics networks. Follow her on Twitter at @MelissaNShaw.


Loren J. Collier is a Howard University double alumnus, originally hailing from Chicago, Illinois. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and worked as an aerospace engineer in various locales, including Seattle, Philadelphia, Atlanta, and the Carolina Lowcountry. After a prosperous engineering career that spanned nearly a decade, he returned to Howard and obtained his master’s degree in U.S. History; his degree concentration area was on African-American History and culminated with a monograph that examined the ontogenesis and essentia of Gil Scott-Heron’s “political” thought. Loren is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in History at Howard and has chosen to focus on (re)membering the lived experiences of the African Diaspora. His work seeks to articulate African-American creative idioms and all African Diasporic artistic/cultural expressions as [re]contextualized, linked iterations of African cultural traditions distally informed by the lived experience in localized regions.