Barbara Ransby

John D. MacArthur University Chair and Distinguished Professor, Black Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, and History


Barbara Ransby

Barbara Ransby (Photo: Jenny Fontaine/UIC)

Barbara Ransby is a historian, writer and longtime community activist. Well-known for her work in 20th century African-American and women’s history and civil rights and other social change movements, Ransby has spent much of her career creating forums for public discourse that link academics to the community at large.

Through the Social Justice Initiative at UIC, she leads efforts to build upon ongoing socially conscious research and interests across different disciplines on campus, improve connections with community partners and serve students interested in social justice work.

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