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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.

During 2021-2022 Dr. Boyd is part of the first cohort of Early Career Faculty Fellows at the Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice (ISGRJ).

She will be a Public Humanities Fellow at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities (MARCH) in Spring 2022.

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).

 

Education

Ph.D. History, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, 2017

B.S. Business Administration, cum laude, with university honors, Wayne State University, 2010


Select Publications

“A ‘Body of Business Makers’: The Detroit Housewives League, Black Women Entrepreneurs, and the Rise of Detroit’s African American Business Community,” Enterprise & Society (September 2020). DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/eso.2020.39

Scarlet and Black, Volume 2: Constructing Race and Gender at Rutgers, 1865-1945, co-edited with Marisa Fuentes and Deborah Gray White (Rutgers University Press, 2020).

“National Black Economic Development Conference (Black Manifesto)” in Black Power Encyclopedia: From “Black is Beautiful” to Urban Uprisings, edited by Akinyele Umoja, Karin L. Stanford, and Jasmin A. Young (ABC-CLIO, 2018).

“Old Money: Rutgers University and the Political Economy of Slavery in New Jersey,” co-authored with Miya Carey and Christopher Blakley, in Scarlet and Black, Volume 1: Slavery and Dispossession in Rutgers History, ed. Marisa Fuentes and Deborah Gray White (Rutgers University Press, 2016).

“His Name Was Will: Remembering Enslaved Individuals in Rutgers History,” co-authored with Jesse Bayker and Christopher Blakley, in Scarlet and Black, Volume 1: Slavery and Dispossession in Rutgers History, ed. Marisa Fuentes and Deborah Gray White (Rutgers University Press, 2016).


Digital History Projects

Mapping Black Business in Great Migration Detroit, ArcGIS project under development

“Black Health in Early 19th-Century New Brunswick,” exhibit, Scarlet and Black Digital Archive, https://www.scarletandblackproject.com/archive/exhibits/show/black-health