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Keisha A. Brown, PhD


Ni hao! Keisha A. Brown is an Asian studies scholar with a regional focus on East Asia specializing in modern Chinese history. She is currently extending her research on Sino-African American transnational relations to examine ideas of race and ethnicity Afro-Asian diasporic connections.


210B Crouch Hall, (615) 963-5000,  kbrow110@tnstate.edu


PhD, East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Southern California, 2015

BA, American Studies and Chinese, University of Notre Dame, 2007

Courses Taught

Sino-Black Relations, Modern History of Race and Ethnicity in East and Southeast Asia, Modern World History (World History II), Global Culture in History, Early United States History (American History I)

Research Interests

Modern Chinese History, Comparative East Asian Histories, Postcolonial Studies, Contemporary Southeast Asia, Race and Ethnic Studies

Selected Publications

“Blackness in Exile: W.E.B. Du Bois’ Role in the Formation of Representations of Blackness as Conceptualized by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).”  Phylon 53. 2 (Winter 2016): 20-33.

“Keisha Brown” chapter in Trailblasian: Black Women Expats in East Asia Anthology.  T.K. McLennon, ed. (June 2014).