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history professor , writer

Robin Davis Gibran Kelley, American history professor, writer. Recipient ABC Clio award, Organization of America Historians, 1995; Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University, 1997-1998, Montgomery fellowship, Dartmouth College, 2000, 2002, Schomburg Scholars-in-Residence fellowship, New York Public Library., 2000-2001.


Kelley, Robin Davis Gibran was born on March 14, 1962 in New York City.


Bachelor, California State Long Beach, 1983. Master of Arts African History, University of California at Los Angeles. Doctor of Philosophy in United States History, University of California at Los Angeles.


Associate professor University of Michigan, 1991—1995. Professor New York University, New York City, 1995—2003, chair History Department. Professor Anthropology Department Columbia University, 2003—2006.

Professor Department History University Southern California, Los Angeles, since 2006. Chair department history New York University, 2002—2003.


  • Other Work

    • Author: (book) Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination, Yo' Mama's Disfunktional!: Fighting the Culture Wars in Urban America (best book of 1997 by Village Voice. Outstanding book on human rights, Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of human rights in the United States, 1997-1999, 1997), Race Rebels: Culture, Politics, and the Black Working Class (outstanding book, National Conference of Black Political Scientists, 1995), Hammer and Hoe: Alabama Communists During the Great Depression (Elliot Rudwick prize, organization of America Historians, 1991. Co-winner, Francis Butler Simkins prize, Southern History Association, 1991).

      Editor: To Make Our World Anew: A History of African Americans (history book club. Choice outstanding academic title. Outstanding book on human rights, Gustavus Myers Center, 2001).


Advisory board member North Star Fund, New York City, 1999—2002. Board member American Social History Project, 1997—2002, Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund, Boston, 1995—2002, New York Workers Rights Board, New York City, 1998—2003. Executive board member Society of America Historians, 2002—2003.