Blair L.M. Kelley was appointed Assistant Dean for Interdisciplinary Studies and International Programs in August 2014. She is also Associate Professor of History and is on the faculty of the Public History graduate program. Her scholarship, which has been published in scholarly journals and edited volumes, centers on the history of African American social movements. She is the author of Right to Ride: Streetcar Boycotts and African American Citizenship in the Era of Plessy v. Ferguson, which won the 2010 Letitia Woods Brown Best Book Award from the Association of Black Women Historians. She has taught courses on African American history, African American women’s history, Civil Rights, oral history, and Katrina and the history of New Orleans.
Active inside the academy and out, Kelley has been a guest on NPR’s Here & Now, MSNBC’s Melissa Harris Perry Show and Countdown with Keith Olbermann, Democracy Now, and WUNC’s The State of Things. She has also provided expert commentary for the New York Times, The Washington Post, The Melissa Harris Perry Show, and The Associated Press. She has written for TheRoot.com, TheGrio.com, Ebony.com, Salon.com, and Jet Magazine, Kelley produces and hosts a podcast called Historical Blackness. She also has more than 24,000 followers on Twitter.
Kelley received her B.A. from the University of Virginia in History and African and African American Studies. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in History, and graduate certificates in African and African American Studies and Women’s Studies at Duke University. She is a proud resident of Durham, North Carolina where she lives with her husband and two children.