Dr. Nishani Frazier

Nishani Frazier

Associate Professor of History

Affiliate of Global and Intercultural Studies (Black World Studies Program)
266 Upham Hall
Office hours: T R 4:15-6:00, and by appointment


  • PhD 2008, Columbia University
  • MA, Columbia University
  • BA, Spelman College

Teaching and Research Interests 

  • U.S. History
  • African-American History
  • The 1960s and 1970s
  • Public history
  • Black internationalism
  • Women and feminist history
  • Culinary history

Courses Recently Taught

  • HST 112 Survey of U.S. History
  • BWS/HST 221 African-American History
  • HST 367 United States in the 1960s
  • HST 400 Senior Capstone: Feminist Thought
  • HST 400 Senior Capstone: Civil Rights in the 1960s
  • AMS/HST 433/533 Oral Tradition: History and Practice

Selected Publications

  • Harambee City: The Congress of Racial Equality in Cleveland and the Rise of Black Power Populism, University of Arkansas Press, 2017
  • "A McDonald's That Reflects the Soul of a People: Hough Area Development Corporation and Community Development in Cleveland," The Business of Black Power: Community Development, Capitalism, and Corporate Responsibility in Postwar America, eds. Laura Warren Hill and Julia Rabig, University of Rochester Press, 2012
  • Editor, with Manning Marable and John McMillan, Freedom on My Mind: The Columbia Documentary History of the African American Experience, Columbia University Press, 2003

Selected Grants and Awards

  • Heanon Wilkins Fellow, Miami University, 2007-08
  • Co-Principal Investigator, with Mary Jane Berman and Elizabeth Armstrong, National Endowment for the Humanities, "Interpreting America's Historic Places Planning Grant," 2009
  • Miami University Altman Faculty Scholar, 2017-18

Work in Progress