Ashley Farmer

Assistant Professor, History & African Diaspora Studies, University of Texas-Austin
Ashley Farmer
  • Co-Editor of the Black Power Series with Ibram Kendi
  • A contributor to The Washington Post, The Independent, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Public Books
  • An expert in African American History, Black Political organizing, and African American women’s history

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Ashley D. Farmer is a well-known historian as well as an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Austin. As a contributor to The Washington Post, The Independent, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Public Books, she is well-versed in making historical issues and concepts accessible to the general public. 

As an expert in African American History, Black Political organizing, and African American women’s history, she is a sought after voice in national conversations about race, gender, and social justice as evidenced by her contributions and interviews with NPR, The History Channel, and the New York Times. Her most recent book, Remaking Black Power: How Black Women Transformed an Era (UNC Press, 2017) was short listed for numerous awards, won two honorable mentions for awards in African American and African American women’s history and has received praise in both scholarly and popular outlets. She is also the Co-Editor and Curator of the Black Power Series with Ibram X. Kendi, published with NYU Press.

Farmer holds a BA from Spelman College and an MA and PhD from Harvard University. She has a wide social media following and tweets from and lives in Austin, Texas. 

 

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Social Justice in Historical Context: The 2010s have brought multiple uprisings and protest across the country in an effort to further racial equality and social justice. Here, Farmer contextualizes the recent protests in the larger trajectory civil rights history and offers insight into how members of all communities can support equality and access for all. 

African American Women’s Leadership Yesterday and Today: Many young people see examples of African American women leaders from Michelle Obama to Oprah Winfrey in popular culture. However, the journeys of these and other African American women leaders is deeper and more complex than most understand. Here, Dr. Farmer shares the history of African American women leaders in multiple sectors of society and culture and offers insight into how to support Black women and girls in their quest to become the next generation of leaders. 

The Record of the Present: Historian Ashley Farmer has spent her life documenting and writing about African American history. Here, she offers a behind the scenes look at her research, how historians research and write history, and the challenges historians face in documenting this current moment amid the digital age.

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