Keisha Blain, associate professor of history in the Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences, has been selected as one of 28 U.S. scholars awarded a prestigious 2022 Carnegie Fellowship. She also was named a Guggenheim Fellow earlier this month.
The Carnegie Fellows program awards exceptional scholars, journalists, and authors with $200,000 stipends, making it possible for the fellows to devote their time to significant research and writing in the social sciences and humanities.
Blain’s grant is for research titled “A Global Struggle: How Black Women Led the Fight for Human Rights.” Her most recent book is “Until I am Free: Fannie Lou Hamer’s Enduring Message to America” (Beacon Press, 2021). She also is co-editor with Ibram X. Kendi of “Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019” (One World/Penguin Random House, 2021).
“The winning proposals represent a wealth of knowledge and expertise, reinforcing our conviction that the humanities and social sciences are essential tools in helping to foster a deeper understanding of the world around us,” Louise Richardson, vice-chancellor of the University of Oxford, president-elect of Carnegie Corporation of New York, and a member of the jury panel, said in a news release.
The 2022 class includes 15 men and 13 women, who were selected from nearly 300 nominations. Eighteen come from public institutions of higher learning; seven from private schools; two from think tanks and one from the media.