Welcome to the African American Intellectual History Blog!

Welcome to the blog of the African American Intellectual History Society. We are an interdisciplinary group of scholars ranging from doctoral students to senior faculty members in History, African American Studies, Education, Women’s Studies, English, and Religious Studies. The blog will provide a forum for both us and our readers to reflect on the latest trends in the scholarship and teaching of black intellectual history.

We take an expansive view of African American intellectual history. Our posts will vary widely, exploring topics such as antislavery thought, Freemasonry, sexuality, popular culture, Black feminist thought, educational philosophy, political theory, religion, secularism, and much more. Our focus will not be limited to the United States, as many of us also have broader interests in African Diaspora thought and culture.

Along with sharing our research, the blog will feature posts on teaching, book reviews, interviews with authors, and forums on both historical and contemporary issues and debates related to black thought and culture. The website of AAIHS will also contain information on fellowships, conferences, and general resources for scholars in the field.

Each of our regular contributors will post once a month, usually on the same date, and we will also have guest bloggers who post less frequently. Short bios of our regular bloggers are below, and you can visit our Contributor pages for more information. We look forward to sharing our work and engaging in lively discussions with all of you!

Regular Contributors

Lauren Kientz Anderson is an Assistant Professor of History and Africana Studies at Luther College. Her research and teaching interests include Black thought in the interwar era, Black Internationalism, Black Women’s History, the global anti-apartheid movement, and LGBT history.

Christopher Bonner is a Ph.D. candidate in History at Yale University. His research interests include race relations, protest thought, Black leadership, and the law.

Kinitra Brooks is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Her research and teaching interests include Black feminist theory, Black Women in Horror, popular culture, and 20th century African American and Afro-Caribbean literature.

Brandon R. Byrd is an Assistant Professor of History at Mississippi State University. His research interests lie at the intersections of African American political, cultural, and intellectual history, particularly in the ways that African Americans conceptualized and interacted with other people of African descent in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Christopher Cameron is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. His research and teaching interests include slavery, abolitionism, African American religion, and secularism.

Kami Fletcher is an Assistant Professor of History at Delaware State University. Her research and teaching interests include slavery, gender, race, cemeteries, and African American culture.

Janell Hobson is an Associate Professor of Women’s Studies at the University at Albany, SUNY. Her research and teaching interests include the history of the body, race, beauty, and popular culture in the African Diaspora.

Ramon D. Jenkins is a doctoral student in African American and African Studies at Michigan State University. His research interests include race, gender, sexuality, and the media.

Emily Owens is a doctoral candidate in African and African American Studies at Harvard University. Her research interests include the history of sexuality, the history of slavery, black feminist theory, and queer of color critique.

Patrick Rael is Professor of History at Bowdoin College. His research and teaching interests include comparative slavery and abolitionism, early African American literature, and Black politics.

Chernoh Sesay Jr. is an Associate Professor of Religious Studies at DePaul University. His research and teaching interests include African American Christianity, freemasonry, evangelicalism, and early American history.

Marcia Watson is an urban education doctoral candidate at the Univsersity of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her research interests include Afrocentric theory and educational philosophy, contemporary issues of Black education, critical multiculturalism, and school discipline reform.


  1. Phillip Luke Sinitiere says:

    Congrats to all on the new site! I’m looking forward to following the discussions, learning, and engaging the latest trends in African American Intellectual history. I also like the choice of WEBD and IBW-B images to accent the site’s pages.

    In that vein, I’m reminded of a short Du Bois piece I discovered recently in the digital Du Bois archive. It is from February 1949 and titled “Negro History Week,” and I believe appeared as a short radio spot. Here are a few brief lines: “A group of persons which, for any reason, is cut off from the main current of a nation’s life, loses not only its own full comprehensions of that life, but, more seriously, the nation itself fails to understand and integrate part of its own thought and action of which it is not fully aware . . . [black history] is not merely a matter of entertainment or information. It is part of our necessary spiritual equipment for making this country worth living in.”

  2. Chris Cameron says:

    Thank you Phillip. We look forward to engaging with you and all our readers in the future. Our first regular post will go up this Saturday and will examine Frederick Douglass’s famous speech What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?

  3. Great blog! I am looking forward to reading this blog. I also hope to contribute as well. Good job!

  4. william r. smith says:

    I am pleased to have another avenue of expression and expertise related to the African-American experience here in America. Rigorous scholarship, in my opinion, helps us all to learn more effectively: write more effectively and then communicate for efficiently and effectively. I look forward to the discourse, respectful disagreement and mutual succor.

  5. I m doing research on the name Henchir el Kebu in north Afrika
    I want to know the meaning of the word and information about this
    ancient ruin was it a city or country? Can anyone help me?


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