Mia Bay: Robert L. Plavnick Lecture in Urban Planning // 09.13.21



Professor Mia Bay is the Roy F. and Jeanette P. Nichols Chair of American History at the University Pennsylvania. She is a scholar of American and African American intellectual, cultural and social history, whose recent interests include black women’s thought, African American approaches to citizenship, and the history of race and transportation. Her current projects include a new book entitled Traveling Black: A Story of Race and Resistance (Harvard University Press, 2021); and a book on the history of African American ideas about Thomas Jefferson. Bay is also a frequent consultant on museum and documentary film projects. Her recent public history work includes working with the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) and serving a scholarly advisor to the museum’s Civil Rights History Project, with the Library of Congress. Bay holds a Ph.D. and M.Phil. from Yale University and a B.A. from the University of Toronto.

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