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Bio

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. Dr. Boyd joined 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.

Education

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

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


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