Keisha Blain named to New American National Fellows class

Keisha N. Blain, associate professor of history in the Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences, has joined the New America National Fellows Class of 2022. New America is an organization committed to investing in thinkers who generate ideas that impact and spark new conversations about the most pressing issues of our day.

Blain is currently a fellow for the Institute for Advanced Study, one of the world's leading centers for theoretical research and intellectual inquiry, whose previous members and faculty include Albert Einstein and J. Robert Oppenheimer.

Her 2018 book "Set the World on Fire: Black Nationalist Woman and the Global Struggle for Freedom" won several awards, and in 2021, she and Ibram X. Kendi edited the collection, "Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619 -2019.” She has a new book due out this month — “Until I Am Free: Fannie Lou Hamer’s Enduring Message to America” (Beacon Press), about the early civil rights leader.

Blain is also an opinion columnist for MSNBC.