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Khaleelah I. L. Harris is a Public Historian and Art Curator. She currently serves as the Gallery Curator and Manager of

Mehari Sequar Gallery

in Washington, D.C. 


 She holds a Master of Arts in Religion from Yale University and a Bachelor of Arts in Religion & Philosophy from Bethune-Cookman University. Khaleelah is a also Du Boisian Scholar and was a 2019-2020

W. E. B. Du Bois Fellow at Umass Amherst


Khaleelah's research investigates the project of identity formation and self-making practices, and explores the meaning of "intimacy and leisure" for middle/upper class Black Women from the early 1880's to the 1930's. Through this, seeks to develop cultural taxonomies and archival standards through which we can better determine and record how this particular group of Black Women enacted beautiful experiments with their lives..


Research Interests:

19th/20th Century African American Women's Cultural History; African American Women's Taste-making, Self-making, and Domestic Pleasures; Intimacy & Leisure; Race, Gender, and Class 

        W. E. B. Du Bois; African American Religious History / Thought; African American Freethought

Khaleelah Harris' CV



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