ACLS Staff

Keyanah Nurse

Keyanah Nurse

Program Officer for
Higher Education Initiatives

knurse@acls.org

Keyanah Nurse is the Program Officer for Higher Education Initiatives, with an emphasis on digital and publicly engaged humanities. Before joining the ACLS staff in September 2021, she served as an ACLS Emerging Voices Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.  There, she contributed to a variety of doctoral career diversity initiatives, as well as received training in digital humanities for her research on the history of the global Black press. As a historian of the African Diaspora with a specialization in modern Latin America, her research interests include liberalism, state formation, race, gender and sexuality, and black intellectual traditions.  She received her doctorate in History from NYU in May 2020.

In addition to her scholarly work, Keyanah has written extensively on race, gender, sexuality, and contemporary pop culture for public audiences, contributing to the academic blog Black Perspectives as well as serving as Senior Editor for Honeysuckle Magazine, an independent NYC-based arts and culture publication. She also serves as a research consultant for the podcast Multiamory, which explores non-normative relationship orientations from an intersectional perspective.