Nneka Dennie Assistant Professor of History

Nneka Dennie

Newcomb 221
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Ph.D. in Afro-American Studies, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2018

Graduate Certificate in Advanced Feminist Studies, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2016

M.A. in Afro-American Studies, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2015

B.A. in Political Science with Honors in Africana Studies, Williams College 2013


Nineteenth-century Black women’s history

Twentieth-century Black women’s history

Black intellectual history

Black feminist thought

Black radicalism

Black internationalism


African American history

Black feminisms

Women’s history

Caribbean history

Selected Publications

Book Manuscripts

Mary Ann Shadd Cary: Essential Writings of a Nineteenth-Century Black Radical Feminist (New York: Oxford University Press, Oxford New Histories of Philosophy Series) (Under contract).

(Re)defining Radicalism: The Rise of Black Feminism and the Politics of Respectability in the Nineteenth Century (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, America in the Nineteenth Century Series) (Under contract).

“We Should Do More, and Talk Less”: The Mary Ann Shadd Cary Reader (Under Contract).

 Journal Articles

""Leave that Slavery-Cursed Republic': Mary Ann Shadd Cury and Black Feminist Nationalist, 1852-1874." Special Issue, Black Editorship in the Atlantic World. Atlantic Studies: Global Currents (Summer 2021).

“Black Male Feminism and the Evolution of Du Boisian Thought, 1903-1920.” Palimpsest: A Journal on Women, Gender, and the Black International, Volume 9, Number 1, (Spring/Summer 2020): 1-27.

Book Chapters

“Black Women and Africana Abolitionism.” The Routledge Companion to Black Women’s Cultural Histories: Across the Diaspora, from Ancient Times to the Present (New York: Routledge, expected 2021).

“Du Bois and Women Activists.” The Oxford Handbook of W.E.B. Du Bois, edited by Aldon Morris, Karida Brown, Dan Gree, Marcus Anthony Hunter, Cheryl Johnson-Odim, and Michael Schwartz (New York: Oxford University Press, expected 2022).

Digital Humanitites Scholarship

"Archiving Women and Slavery in Virginia." Visualizing Objects, Places, and Spaces: A Digital Project Handbook, edited by Beth Fischer and Hannah Jacobs,

Journal Essays

"The State and Future of Black Women's Studies: The Black Women's Studies Association and National Women's Studies Association in Conversation." Feminist Studies, Volume 47, Number 1, (Spring/Summer 2021): 230-237.


"In Pursuit of Knowledge: Black Women and Educational Activism in Antebellum American by Kabria Baumgartner." Journal of the Civil War Era, Volume 12, Number 1, March 2022.

"Lucile H. Bluford and the Kansas City Call: Activist Voice for Social Change by Sheila Brooks and Clint C. Wilson II." Journal of African American History, Volume 106, Number 2, Spring 2021.

"Beyond Respectability: The Intellectual Thought of Race Women by Brittney C. Cooper; Colored No More: Reinventing Womanhood in Washington, D.C. by Treva B. Lindsey."

Signs: A Journal of Woman and Culture in Society, Volume 45, Number 2, Winter 2020: 499-503.

Public Scholarship

"The Assault on Black Academics." Chronicle of Higher Education. June 18, 2021.

"Government Recognition of Juneteenth Is Not Enough." Slate. June 17, 2021.

"For Black Americans, College Degrees Aren't About Catching Up - They're a Matter of Survival." Business Insider. September 17, 2020.