Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor is a scholar, author, and activist. She is the author of From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation, which won the Lannan Cultural Freedom Award for an Especially Notable Book in 2016. She is also editor of How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective, which won the Lambda Literary Award for LGBQT nonfiction in 2018.
Her third book, Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership (University of North Carolina Press, 2019) was a finalist for a National Book Award for nonfiction.
She is a Contributing Opinion Writer for the New York Times and a columnist at the New Yorker. Her writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Boston Review, Paris Review, Guardian, the Nation, Jacobin, and Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society, among others.
Taylor is a widely sought public speaker and writer on Black politics, social movements, and racial inequality in the United States. In 2016, she was named one of the hundred most influential African Americans in the United States by The Root. She has been appointed as a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians, and as the Charles H. McIlwain University Preceptor at Princeton University from 2018-2021.
A 2021 MacArthur Fellow, she is Assistant Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University.
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor elsewhere on Lannan.orgKeeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, (Residency)
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor with Donna Murch, (Events)
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor Awarded 2016 Cultural Freedom Award for an Especially Notable Book, (Cultural Freedom: Awards and Grants)
Abolition, Cultural Freedom, Liberation, (Events)
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor PodcastsKeeanga-Yamahtta Taylor with Donna Murch, 20 January 2016 - Audio
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor with Donna Murch, Talk, 20 January 2016 - Video
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor with Donna Murch, Conversation, 20 January 2016 - Video
Abolition, Cultural Freedom, Liberation – 05 October 2021 – Audio
Abolition, Cultural Freedom, Liberation – 05 October 2021 – Video
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor around the WebThe ‘Free Speech’ Hypocrisy of Right-Wing Media
Marfa Public Radio Interview with Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
Princeton Faculty Bio page
Jacobin Magazine article
"In Baltimore and Across the Country, Black Faces in High Places Haven’t Helped Average Black People" article
Additional Photos of the 20 January 2016 Event on Flickr