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Khaleelah I. L. Harris is a Public Historian and Art Curator pursuing Master of Arts in History at Howard University, concentrating in U.S. History and Public History. 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, as well as intimacy and leisure, for upper/middle class Black Women of the eras guided by post-emancipation racial uplift projects to today. 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 the Black Elite 

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

Khaleelah Harris' CV