About the Bookshelf

 

NAFEESAH ALLEN

As a freelance Writer, Researcher, Foreign Policy Practitioner, and Travel Lifestyle Coach, I have traveled all around the world exploring and researching different cultures and experiences.

Thankfully, I have had the privilege of finding many books about people of African descent and other marginalized ethnicities. The collection started out of curiosity, but then it grew out of necessity, as my research demanded more serious scholarship on global realities. I struggled to find books on line that were about Black history, because many are self-published, have limited distribution, and may not make it onto the top lists of Black authored books (many are not written by Black authors). Also, I found it hard to find one place where books in foreign languages could be sorted by their relevance. Alas, the Black History Bookshelf serves that purpose.

The books here were actually read and reviewed by a real human, and we readily accept submissions for review. Please feel free to contact us to learn more about how we can help elevate visibility on your book!

Feel free to follow me on Twitter and Instagram @theblaxpat

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Bio:

In 2019, I completed my Ph.D.in Forced Migration from the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in Johannesburg, South Africa. In 2013, I completed a postgraduate diploma in Folklore & Cultural Studies at Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) in New Delhi, India. I  received IGNOU’s Gold Medal for meritorious academic performance for my ethnographic thesis on women of the Indian Diaspora. I completed a Masters of International Affairs at Columbia University in 2009 and graduated cum laude from Barnard College at Columbia University in 2006. My specializations included Latin American languages and literature, as well as race and social policy; I was granted an Institute of Latin American Studies fellowship to pursue research on the cultural and political representation of Brazil’s African Diaspora in the late 20th century.

Check out my website to learn more about my latest writing, coaching, and academic research!