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Dr. Nemata Blyden

Associate Professor, George Washington University
Nemata Blyden is an Associate Professor of History and International Affairs at The George Washington University. She holds a BA in History and International Relations from Mount Holyoke College, and an MPhil and PhD from Yale University. Dr. Blyden specializes in African and African Diaspora history. Her new book, African Americans and Africa: A New History (Yale University Press) provides an introduction to the relationship between African Americans and the African Continent from the era of slavery to the present. It examines the diversity of African American identities through relationships with region, ethnicity, immigration, and slavery to investigate a fundamental area of African American studies. She is the author of West Indians in West Africa, 1808-1880: A diaspora in reverse, (University of Rochester Press, 2000). Professor Blyden was a consultant for In Motion: The African American Migration Experience for the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (New York Public Library). Professor Blyden has lived in Africa, Europe and the Soviet Union.
Selected publications: 
African Americans and Africa: A New History, Yale University Press, 2019
“This na true story of our history”: South Carolina in Sierra Leone’s historical memory” in Atlantic Studies: Global Currents, Volume 12, Issue 3, 2015, pp.
355-370.
(Re) envisioning the African Diaspora: Historical Memory and Cross-fertilization in Post-Colonial Sierra Leone in Paradoxes of History and Memory in Post-Colonial Sierra Leone,  Sylvia Ojukutu-Macauley and Ismail Rashid (eds), Lexington Books, 2013
Relationships among Blacks in the Diaspora: African and Caribbean Immigrants and American-Born Blacks in Africans in Global Migration: Searching for Promised Lands, editors John A. Arthur, Joseph Takougang, and Thomas Owusu, 2012
N. Blyden and F. Akiwumi, A Perspective of the African Diaspora in the United States in John W. Frazier, Joe T. Darden, Norah F. Henry (eds), The African Diaspora in the United States and Canada at the Dawn of the 21st Century (Global Academic Publishing, 2009)
“The search for Anna Erskine: African American Women in Nineteenth-Century Liberia” in Catherine Higgs, Barbara Moss & Earline Rae Ferguson, Stepping Forward: Black women in Africa and the Americas (Ohio University Press, 2002)

“Edward Jones: An African American in Sierra Leone” in Moving On: Black Loyalists in the Afro-Atlantic World, John W. Pulis (ed.)

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