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Kristin Moriah

Spring 2022/Fall 2022 – Just Transformations

Queen’s University, Ontario

Assistant Professor of African American Literary Studies

Kristin Moriah is an Assistant Professor of African American Literary Studies at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Prior to joining the Department of English Language and Literature at Queen’s University in 2018, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Grinnell College. In June 2017 she received her Ph.D. in English Literature from the CUNY Graduate Center where she was awarded the Melvin Dixon Prize for the Best Dissertation in African American Studies.


Dr. Moriah is a Colored Conventions Project (CCP) Teaching Fellow and Center for Black Digital Research (CBDR) Satellite Partner. As a Teaching Fellow, she has incorporated archival research about nineteenth century Black political organizing into the classroom. As a Satellite Partner, she co-leads a three-year international multi-institutional partnership that includes curating scholarly panels, identifying and digitizing archival material, and draw attention to arts-based research and performances via international panels. Funding for this work includes support from Queen’s University, the Pennsylvania State University, the Mellon Foundation, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.  


Working alongside CBDR Director Pier Gabrielle Foreman, Dr. Moriah uses an array of digital tools to expand research on Black political organizing in Canada and the United States. Their collaboration is dedicated to recovering key information about Mary Ann Shadd Cary’s life as she advanced radical Black feminist projects grounded in the belief that Black lives, Black equality and Black dignity matter. Her plans for this interdisciplinary collaboration include an edited collection of scholarly essays on Black feminist activist Mary Ann Shadd Cary which will celebrate the 200th anniversary of her birth in 2023.