Nemata Blyden

Nemata Blyden
Professor of History and International Affairs
Phillips Hall
801 22nd St NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
[email protected]

Areas of Expertise

  • Africa
  • African American History
  • Imperialism and Colonialism
  • Women and Gender

Nemata Blyden specializes in African and African Diaspora history and has researched women's issues in nineteenth-century Liberia. She has also done work for Encyclopedia Britannica and contributed to an online historical project called In Motion: The African-American Migration Experience, sponsored by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture of the New York Public Library. Professor Blyden has lived in Africa, Europe and the Soviet Union, and she remains engaged with issues pertaining to African development. She is currently completing a book entitled, African Americans and Africa, to be published with Yale University Press.

Complete C.V. (PDF)


Ph.D., Yale University, 1998


"Between Africa and America: Recalibrating Black Americans' Relationship to the Diaspora." Perspectives on History, Volume 58, Issue 6, Aug 20, 2020.

African Americans & Africa: A New  History. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2019.

"(Re)envisioning the African Diaspora: Historical Memory and Cross-fertilization." In Post-Colonial Sierra Leone in Paradoxes of History and Memory in Post-Colonial Sierra Leone, edited by Sylvia Ojukutu-Macauley and Ismail Rashid, 59-76. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2013.

"Back to Africa: Sierra Leone, 1787-1897" and "Early Black Identities." In Back to Africa, Vol. II: The Ideology and Practice of the African Returnee Phenomenon from the Caribbean and North America ((CASAS BOOK SERIES NO. 92), edited by Kwesi Kwaa Prah, 49-59 and 173-187. Cape Town: The Centre for Advanced Studies of African Society, 2012.

"Relationships among Blacks in the Diaspora: African and Caribbean Immigrants and American-Born Blacks." In Africans in Global Migration: Searching for Promised Lands, edited by John A. Arthur, Joseph Takougang, and Thomas Owusu, 161-174. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2012.

“A Perspective of the African Diaspora in the United States.” In The African Diaspora in the United States and Canada at the Dawn of the 21st Century, edited by John W. Frazier et al., 93-105. Binghamton, NY: SUNY Press, 2009.  Co-authored with F. Akiwumi.

"Blyden, Edward Wilmot (1832-1912),” and “Liberia.” In Encyclopedia of the African Diaspora, edited by Carole E. Boyce Davies, Vol. 1, 212-213 and Vol. 2, 627-629. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2009.

“We have the cause of Africa at Heart”: West Indians and African-Americans in 19th century Freetown.”  In New Perspectives on the Sierra Leone Krio, edited by Mac Dixon-Fyle and Gibril Cole, 91-105. New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 2006.

"The Search for Anna Erskine: African American Women in Nineteenth Century Liberia." In Stepping Forward: Black Women in Africa and the Americas, edited by Catherine Higgs, Barbara A. Moss, and Earline Rae Ferguson, 31-43. Athens: Ohio University Press, 2002.

West Indians in West Africa, 1808-1880: A Diaspora in Reverse. Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press, 2000.

"Edward Jones: An African American in Sierra Leone." In Moving On: Black Loyalists in the Afro-Atlantic World, edited by John Pulis, 159-182. London: Routledge, 1999.

Classes Taught

HIST 3510: African History to 1880

HIST 3501: Topics in African History since 1880

HIST 3520: Africans in the Making of the Atlantic World

HIST 3530: Women in Africa

HIST 3540: West Africa to Independence

HIST 6502: Western Representations of Africa