Keona K. Ervin

Keona K. Ervin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
203 Read Hall
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Black Women’s History, Black Freedom Movement Studies, U.S. Labor and Working-Class History

Ph.D. Washington University 
M.A. Washington University 
B.A. Duke University 


I am an Associate Professor of African-American History at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Prior to joining the MU faculty, I was a Consortium for Faculty Diversity Post-Doctoral Fellow and Lecturer in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies and History at Bowdoin College and an Assistant Professor of History and Africana Studies at Luther College.

My first book, Gateway to Equality: Black Women and the Struggle for Economic Justice in St. Louis, was published by the University Press of Kentucky as a title in the Civil Rights and the Struggle for Black Equality in the Twentieth Century series, which is edited by Steven F. Lawson, Cynthia G. Fleming, and Hasan Kwame Jeffries. In 2018, Gateway to Equality won the State Historical Society of Missouri's Missouri Book Award for superior original scholarship in a book pertaining to the history of Missouri and its people. It was named one of The Best Black Women's History Books of 2017 in Bitch Media and one of Six Notable New Books on Black Women's HIstory in the Huffington Post. Gateway to Equality is now available in paperback.

You can find my peer-reviewed articles, reviews, and think pieces in International Labor and Working-Class History, Journal of Civil and Human RightsSouls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society, New Labor Forum, Los Angeles Review of Books, Labor: Studies in Working-Class History, Journal of Southern History, and Journal of American Ethnic History