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Khaleelah I. L. Harris is pursuing Master of Arts in History at Howard University, concentrating in U.S. History and Public History. 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 for upper/middle class Black Women of the eras guided by post-emancipation racial uplift projects, and through this, seeks to develop cultural taxonomies through which we can better determine how this particular group of Black Women enacted beautiful experiments with their lives..


Research Interests:

19th and 20th Century African American Women's Cultural History, Gender, Race and the Black Middle Class/Colored 400; Taste-making, Self-making, and Domestic Pleasures; Black Southern Life and Beauty Culture


W. E. B. Du Bois, African-American Freethought

Khaleelah Harris' CV