Black Feminist. Scholar. Educator.


Dr. Nneka D. Dennie is a black feminist scholar with specializations in nineteenth- and twentieth-century African-American history. Her research examines black intellectual history, black feminist thought, transnational feminism, and black radicalism. Dr. Dennie is a Consortium for Faculty Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor of Africana Studies at Davidson College. In Fall 2020, she will join the faculty at Washington and Lee University as an Assistant Professor of History and core faculty in the Africana Studies Program.

As a scholar with a background in Africana studies, history, women’s studies, and political theory, Dr. Dennie is centrally concerned with how black women in the United States and the Caribbean have interrogated and given meaning to concepts including liberty, justice, equality, rights, and power. She is currently working on her book manuscript, (Re)defining Radicalism: The Rise of Black Feminism and the Politics of Respectability, 1831-1895, which is a study of nineteenth-century black women’s radical thought. Her article, “Black Male Feminism and the Evolution of Du Boisian Thought, 1903-1920,” is forthcoming in Palimpsest: A Journal of Women, Gender, and the Black International.

Dr. Dennie earned her PhD in African American Studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass Amherst). She holds a graduate certificate in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from UMass Amherst, and completed her B.A. in Political Science with Honors in Africana Studies at Williams College. Dr. Dennie’s research has been supported by the Consortium for Faculty Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowship; the MIT School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Diversity Predoctoral Fellowship; the W.E.B. Du Bois Library Special Collections and University Archives Fellowship; the UMass Amherst University Diversity Fellowship; the UMass Amherst Summer Dissertation Research Fellowship; and the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi Love of Learning Award.