Dr. Kendra Boyd is a scholar of African American history. Her research focuses on black business and economic history, urban history, and migration. She holds a Ph.D. in History from Rutgers University–New Brunswick and was previously an assistant professor at York University in Toronto before joining the history department at Rutgers-Camden in the fall of 2020. Currently, she is writing a book on black entrepreneurship and racial capitalism in Great Migration–era Detroit, Michigan.
At Rutgers-Camden, Dr. Boyd is an affiliated faculty member in the Africana Studies Program and an affiliated scholar at the Center for Urban Research and Education (CURE). She is also an affiliated scholar at the Scarlet and Black Research Center at the Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice in New Brunswick.
Dr. Boyd is currently recruiting participants for the Black Camden Oral History Project in collaboration with the Scarlet and Black Research Center. She began developing this project as a Public Humanities Fellow at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities (MARCH) in 2022.
During 2021–2022 Dr. Boyd was part of the inaugural cohort of Early Career Faculty Fellows at the Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice (ISGRJ).
News about Dr. Boyd:
Feature about the Black Camden Oral History Project: The Oral History of Camden, Rutgers Magazine, Summer 2022.
Article about the Black Camden Oral History Project: Preserving Perspectives, Rutgers Alumni News, January 10, 2022.
Rutgers–Camden Professor Earns Prestigious 2021 Letitia Woods Brown Memorial Article Prize from Association of Black Women Historians, Rutgers–Camden News Now, November 15, 2021.
Researchers Join Together to Study Systemic Racism Through Rutgers Institute, Rutgers Today, September 20, 2021.