Ashley Farmer

Author, Professor of History & African American Studies


DR. ASHLEY D. FARMER is a historian of black women’s history, intellectual history, and radical politics. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Departments of History and African and African Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Her book, Remaking Black Power: How Black Women Transformed an Era is the first comprehensive study of black women’s intellectual production and activism in the Black Power era. She is also the coeditor of New Perspectives on the Black Intellectual Tradition, an anthology that examines central themes within the black intellectual tradition.

Her next book, Queen Mother Audley Moore: Mother of Black Nationalism will be the first
biography of one of the most influential yet understudied activists and thinkers of the 20th
century. The book examines
Audley Moore’s life and activism from 1898 to 1997 and reveals
how she was an important but overlooked progenitor of Black Nationalist thought and activism.
Farmer’s scholarship has appeared in numerous venues including The Black Scholar and The Journal of African American History. Her research has also been featured in several popular outlets including Vibe, and Harper’s Bazaar, The Washington Post. She has provided commentary on national and international media outlets including The New York Times, NPRand AlJazeera. She is also a Distinguished Lecturer with the Organization of American Historians.

Dr. Farmer has received numerous fellowships and awards including fellowships from the 
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the Whiting Foundation. The Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University and the American Association of University Women (AAUW) have also
supported her research. Farmer was a founding leader of the
African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS) and a regular blogger for Black Perspectives. She is also a coeditor of the Black Power Series published with NYU Press and the Black Women History’s Series, published with UNC Press. Farmer earned a BA from Spelman College, an MA in History and a PhD in African American Studies from Harvard University. Dr. Farmer lives in Austin, TX and tweets from @drashleyfarmer.



TOPICS: History, Women & Girls of Color, Race

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