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Blair LM Kelley

Guest Speaker

Professional affiliation

North Carolina State University

Full Biography

Blair LM Kelley is Assistant Dean for Interdisciplinary Studies and International Programs in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and Associate Professor of History at North Carolina State University. Kelley is currently at work on a new book, Black Folk: The Promise of the Black Working Class, for Liveright--W.W. Norton and Company, which was awarded a 2020 Creative Nonfiction Grant by the Whiting Foundation. Her first book, Right to Ride: Streetcar Boycotts and African AmericanCitizenship, won the Letitia Woods Brown Best Book Award from the Association of Black Women Historians. 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. Her two favorite historical books that she read during the past year were Thavolia Glymph’s The Women’s Fight: The Civil War’s Battles forHome, Freedom, and Nation (2020) and Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor’s Race for Profit:How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership (2019).