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  • Kerri K. Greenidge, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Tufts University

Kerri K. Greenidge, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Tufts University

Dr. Kerri Greenidge is a historian and Associate Professor at Tufts University, where she also co-directs the African American Trail Project and Tufts’ Slavery, Colonialism, and Their Legacies Project. Greenidge is the author of Black Radical: The Life and Times of William Monroe Trotter (2019). The book received the Mark Lynton Prize in History, the Massachusetts Book Award, the J. Anthony Lukas Award, the Sperber Award from Fordham University, and the Peter J. Gomes Book Prize from the Massachusetts Historical Society. Her most recent book, The Grimkes: The Legacy of Slavery in An American Family (2022) was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Award, and the J. Anthony Lukas Award. The Grimkes was a finalist for the 2023 MAAH Stone Book Award, a finalist for the Harriet Tubman Award from the Schomburg Library, and the recipient of the 2023 Joan Kelly Memorial Prize from the American Historical Association. She is also co-author of the forthcoming Black Atlas (Norton, 2025) with Dr. Kendra Field. As a public historian, Greenidge serves on the scholars’ council for 10 Million Names, and as historical advisor for the Museum of African American History, Boston and Nantucket. Her writings have appeared in the New York Times, Massachusetts Historical Review, the Radical History Review, the New Yorker, the Atlantic, and the Guardian. Before moving to Tufts in 2016, Greenidge taught at UMASS- Boston, where she partnered with the university’s school of education to consult with BPS humanities teachers Boston’s Black history. Greenidge’s ties to Boston and New England run deep. Her maternal great grandfather was one of the first Black graduates of Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, and a member of William Monroe Trotter’s Boston-based National Equal Rights League. Her maternal grandparents owned property in the South End, participated in the local NAACP and the equal education efforts of the 1950s and 1960s, and supported various Boston civil rights organizations of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, including the League of Women for Community Service, and the mayoral campaigns of the late Mel King. Greenidge’s paternal family migrated from Barbados to Cambridge, where their children were among the first tenured Black teachers in the Cambridge public schools. Prior to her career in academia, Greenidge was a historian at Boston African American National Historic Site.

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