Keisha N. Blain

Keisha N. Blain

Associate Professor of History, University of Pittsburgh
Spring 2020: Hutchins Fellow

Keisha N. Blain is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh and President of the African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS). She obtained a PhD in History at Princeton University in 2014. Her research interests include black internationalism, radical politics, and global feminisms. 

Blain is the author of the award-winning book, Set the World on Fire: Black Nationalist Women and the Global Struggle for Freedom (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018). She 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). 

Blain’s research and writing have been featured in several academic journals such as Souls, Palimpsest, and the Journal of Social History; and in popular outlets including CSPAN, Timethe Washington Post, the Huffington Post, and Public Books. She has been awarded several prestigious fellowships including postdoctoral research fellowships from the Ford Foundation and the American Association of University Women (AAUW). 

As a Hutchins Fellow in Spring 2020, Blain will work on a new book project, East Unites with West: Black Women, Japan, and Visions of Afro-Asian Solidarity (under contract, University of Pennsylvania Press). 

East Unites with West: Black Women, Japan, and Visions of Afro-Asian Solidarity centers on the ideas and activism of a diverse group of black women during the early to mid-twentieth century who worked to build collaborations with Japanese activists in the struggle for civil and human rights.