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Barbara Ransby, PhD


Gender and Women's Studies; Black Studies; History

Pronouns: she/her/hers


Building & Room:

1228 UH


601 S Morgan St.

Office Phone:

(312) 996-2961


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). Barbara is currently working on two major research projects: a study of African American feminist organizations in the 1970s, and a political biography of Eslanda Cardozo Goode Robeson. 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

MA, History - University of Michigan

BA, History - Columbia University