Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

Assistant Professor
Department of African American Studies
Ph.D, African American Studies
Northwestern University
001 Stanhope Hall
office phone:
(609) 258-4613


Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor's research examines race and public policy, specifically as it relates to American housing policies. Dr. Taylor is currently working on a manuscript about the federal government's promotion of single-family homeownership in Black communities after the urban rebellions of the 1960s. Taylor looks at how the federal government's turn to market-based solutions in its low-income housing programs in the 1970s impacted Black neighborhoods, Black women on welfare, and emergent discourses on the urban “underclass”.  Taylor is interested in the role of private sector forces, typically hidden in public policy making and execution, in the “urban crisis” of the 1970s.

Dr. Taylor also studies Black politics, the Black radical tradition, and social movements in the United States.  She has a forthcoming book published by Haymarket Books titled From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation.

Taylor’s research has been supported, in part, by a multiyear Northwestern University Presidential Fellowship, the Ford Foundation, and the Lannan Foundation.

Taylor was the Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of African American Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2013-2014. Taylor received her PhD from the Department of African American Studies at Northwestern University in 2013.

Current Projects

Join Professor Taylor for book discussions and signings of From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation. This new title will be available from Haymarket Books on January 23, 2016.

Thursday, January 14, 2016 Morgan State University
1700 East Cold Spring Lane
Baltimore, MD 21251
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Wednesday, January 20th, 7:00 pm
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor with Donna Murch
Lensic Performing Arts Center
211 West San Francisco Street
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
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Wednesday, January 27th, 7:00 pm
CUNY Graduate Center
365 5th Ave, Room 9204
New York City, NY 10016
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Thursday, January 28th, 7:00 pm
Friends Center, Cherry Room
1501 Cherry Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
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AAS 350 / SOC 362 Rats, Riots, and Revolution: Housing in the Metropolitan United States LA

This class examines the history of urban and suburban housing in the twentieth century US. We will examine the relationship between postwar suburban development as a corollary to the “underdevelopment” of American cities contributing to what scholars have described as the “urban crisis” of the 1960s. Housing choice and location were largely shaped by discriminatory practices in the real estate market, thus, the course explores the consequences of the relationship between public policy and private institutions in shaping the metropolitan area including after the passage of federal anti-housing discrimination legislation in the late 1960s.

AAS 380 / AMS 382 Public Policy in the American Racial State LA

This course explores how ideas and discourses about race shape how public policy is debated, adopted and, implemented. Black social movements and geopolitical considerations prompted multiple public policy responses to racial discrimination throughout the twentieth century. Despite these policy responses, discrimination persists, raising theoretical concerns about the dynamics of inclusion and exclusion, political representation, the role of the state (meaning government or law) in promoting social justice, and the role of social movements and civil society in democratizing policymaking and addressing group oppression.

Commentary & Talks

Public Interviews

A History of Capitalism | Black Lives Matter and Black Liberation

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
Public Interviews

Intergenerational Divides in Ferguson

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
Public Talks

The Fight Against the New Jim Crow

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
Public Talks

A panel discussion of the legacy of King’s “Dream” speech on its 50th anniversary

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Gary Younge and Cornel West
Public Talks

From Black Power to the New Jim Crow

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor