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Barbara Ransby


Black Studies

Gender and Women's Studies



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Barbara Ransby CV


Barbara Ransby is an historian, writer, and longtime political activist. Ransby has published dozens of articles and essays in popular and scholarly venues. She is most notably the author of an award-winning biography of civil rights activist Ella Baker, entitled Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement: A Radical Democratic Vision (University of North Carolina, 2003), which won no less than six major awards. She most recently published Eslanda: The Large and Unconventional Life of Mrs. Paul Robeson (Yale University Press, 2013), which has also received numerous awards.

Barbara is currently working a study of African American feminist organizations in the 1970s. She serves on the editorial board of the London-based journal, Race and Class, and a number of non-profit civic and media organizations.

Selected Publications


PhD History, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

MA History, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

BA History, Columbia University