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  • Kendra Taira Field, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Tufts University

Kendra Taira Field, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Tufts University

Dr. Kendra Taira Field is Associate Professor of History and Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at Tufts University. Field is the author of Growing Up with the Country: Family, Race, and Nation after the Civil War (Yale, 2018). Her current book project, The Stories We Tell (W.W. Norton), is a history of African American genealogy and storytelling from the Middle Passage to the present, and winner of a 2023 Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant. She is co-author, with Dr. Kerri Greenidge, of the forthcoming Black Atlas (W.W. Norton). Field abridged David Levering Lewis’ W.E.B. Du Bois: A Biography (Henry Holt, 2009), and her scholarly articles have appeared in the Journal of American History, the Journal of African American History, Southern Cultures, and the American Historical Review. Field has been awarded numerous grants and fellowships from the Ford Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, among others, and is the recipient of the 2022 NAACP W.E.B. Du Bois Award. As a public historian, Field co-founded the Boston-based African American Trail Project and the Du Bois Forum, a retreat for writers, scholars, and artists; served as project historian for the Du Bois Freedom Center; co-curated “We Who Believe In Freedom,” the inaugural exhibition of the National Women’s History Museum (2023-24); and serves as chief historian for the 10 Million Names Project of the New England Historical Genealogical Society. Field received her Ph.D. in American History from New York University. She also holds a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a B.A. from Williams College. Before entering the academy, she worked in education and the non-profit sector in Boston and New York.

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