photo: Nemata Blyden

Nemata Blyden

Associate Professor of History and International Affairs
Faculty: Full-Time
Address: Phillips Hall
801 22nd St., N.W.
Phone: 202-994-3318
Fax: 202-994-6230

Areas of Expertise

African and African Diaspora history with strengths in the history of Sierra Leone and Liberia

Nemata Blyden specializes in African/African Diaspora history, and has researched women's issues in nineteenth century Liberia. She has also done work for Encyclopedia Britannica and for the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (New York Public Library). Professor Blyden has lived in Africa, Europe and the Soviet Union, and remains engaged with issues pertaining to African development.


Ph.D., Mphil, Yale University


  • "The Search for Anna Erskine: African American Women in Nineteenth Century Liberia" in Stepping Forward: Black Women in Africa and the Americas (Ohio University Press, 2002);
  • West Indians in West Africa, 1808-1880: A Diaspora in Reverse (University of Rochester Press, 2000); and
  • "Edward Jones: An African American in Sierra Leone" in Moving On: Black Loyalists in the Afro-Atlantic World (Garland Publishing, Inc. 1999)

Classes Taught

HIST 3510 African History to 1880

HIST 3501 Topics in African History since 1880

HIST 3520 Africans in the Making of the Atlantic World

HIST 3530 Women in Africa