Ibram X. Kendi, Director and Founder of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research.

Ibram X. Kendi

Founder & Director

Ibram X. Kendi is a National Book Award-winning and #1 New York Times bestselling author of five books for adults and three books for children. Professor Kendi is a contributor writer at The Atlantic and a CBS News Racial Justice Contributor.  

Professor Kendi is the author of The Black Campus Movementwhich won the W.E.B. Du Bois Book Prize, and Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction in 2016. Professor Kendi also has produced five #1 New York Times bestsellers, including How to Be an Antiracist and Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019, co-edited with Keisha Blain. 

Professor Kendi has published fourteen academic essays in books and academic journals, including The Journal of African American History, Journal of Social History, Journal of Black Studies, Journal of African American Studies, and The Sixties: A Journal of History, Politics and Culture. He co-edits the Black Power Series at NYU Press with historian Ashley Farmer. 

Professor Kendi has been a visiting professor at Brown University, a 2013 National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow, and postdoctoral fellow at the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis. He was also the 2020-2021 Frances B. Cashin Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for the Advanced Study at Harvard University. Professor Kendi was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2019, and a 2021 MacArthur Fellowship, popularly known as the “Genius Grant.” He was also elected to the Society of American Historians in 2021. 

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