Nemata Blyden

photo: Nemata Blyden
Professor of History and International Affairs
307 Phillips Hall
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Areas of Expertise

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

She specializes in African/African Diaspora history, and has done work on women 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. She is currently working on a manuscript, African Americans and Africa:Links in History to be published by Yale University Press


BA in History and International Relations from Mount Holyoke College, and an MPhil and PhD from Yale University (1998).


  • “This na true story of our history”: South Carolina in Sierra Leone's historical memory” in Atlantic Studies: Global Currents, Volume 12, Issue 3, 2015, pp. 355-370.
  • (Re) envisioning the African Diaspora: Historical Memory and Cross-fertilization in Post-Colonial Sierra Leone in Paradoxes of History and Memory in Post-Colonial Sierra Leone, Sylvia Ojukutu-Macauley and Ismail Rashid (eds), Lexington Books, 2013
  • Relationships among Blacks in the Diaspora: African and Caribbean Immigrants and American-Born Blacks in Africans in Global Migration: Searching for Promised Lands, editors John A. Arthur, Joseph Takougang, and Thomas Owusu, 2012
  • N. Blyden and F. Akiwumi, A Perspective of the African Diaspora in the United States in John W. Frazier, Joe T. Darden, Norah F. Henry (eds), The African Diaspora in the United States and Canada at the Dawn of the 21st Century (Global Academic Publishing, 2009)
  • "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