Blair LM Kelley joined the faculty of the Department
of History at North Carolina State University in the Fall of 2002.
She received her B.A. in History and African and African American
Studies from the University of Virginia, her M.A. in History from
Duke University, and her Ph.D. in History from Duke
University in Spring 2003.
Kelley's work focuses on the study of African American culture,
community, and the political fight against segregation at the turn
of the twentieth century. Her current manuscript “Right to Ride”:
African American Citizenship, Identity, and the Protest over Jim
Crow Transportation,” explores questions about African American
identity and community by utilizing the history of protest against
segregated trains and streetcars by black southerners at the turn
of the twentieth century. Her work examines the ways that social
status, gender, and skin color interconnected to create social meaning
within segregated black communities, and the political ramifications
of these differences among African Americans during the protests
and boycotts of segregated trains and streetcars in New Orleans,
Savannah, and Richmond between 1890 and 1910.
Kelley's substantive research interests include the study of African
American political and social movements, including the Civil Rights
and Black Power movements, African American women’s history,
the history of segregation, 20th century US history, comparative
slavery in the African Diaspora, and Black nationalism.