Faculty & Advisors
Director of American Studies Program
Dr. Kerri Greenidge received her Doctorate in American Studies from
Boston University, where her specialty included African-American
history, American political history, and African-American and
African diasporic literature in the post-emancipation and early
modern era. Her research explores the role of African-American
literature in the creation of radical Black political consciousness,
particularly as it relates to local elections and Democratic
populism during the Progressive Era. She has taught at Boston
University, the University of Massachusetts, and Emerson College.
Her work includes historical research for the Wiley-Blackwell
Anthology of African-American Literature, the Oxford African
American Studies Center, and PBS. For nine years she worked as a
historian for Boston African American National Historical Site in
Boston, through which she published her first book, Boston
Abolitionists (2006). Her forthcoming book Trotter: Race
and Politics in Boston will be published by Norton in Spring 2019.
The book, a biography of African-American activist, William Monroe
Trotter, explores the history of racial thought and African American
political radicalism in New England at the turn of the century. She
is currently interim Director of American Studies at Tufts
University, and co-director of the African American Trail Project at
the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy (CSRD).