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Associate Professor of History, University of Pittsburgh

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 completed a Ph.D. in History from Princeton University. Her research interests include Black internationalism, radical politics, and global feminisms. Blain is the author of the multi-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). She is currently a 2019-2020 W.E.B. Du Bois Fellow at Harvard University.


  • 2019–present
    Associate Professor of History, The University of Pittsburgh
  • 2017–2019
    Assistant Professor of History , The University of Pittsburgh
  • 2015–2017
    Assistant Professor of History , University of Iowa


  • 2014 
    Princeton University, PhD