Bay, Mia

Research Interests

African-American Intellectual and Cultural History; American Intellectual and Cultural History; African Diaspora

Awards, Fellowships, and Grants

  • 2011 Mellon Sawyer Seminar Grant for 2012-2013 Seminar on Race, Space and Place in the Americas (co-P.I. with Ann Fabian) at the Rutgers Center for Race and Ethnicity
  • 2010-2011 Alphonse Fletcher Sr. Fellowship, Fletcher Foundation
  • 2009-2010  National Humanities Center Fellowship

Selected Publications


  • Freedom on My Mind: A History of African Americans, with Documents. Co-authored with Deborah Gray White and Waldo Martin, Bedford Books, St. Martin’s, 2012.
  • To Tell the Truth Freely: the Life of Ida B. Wells. Hill & Wang, February 2009.
  • The White Image in the Black Mind: African-American Ideas About White People 1830-1925. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.

Articles and Book Chapters:

  • “From the ‘Ladies Car’ to the Colored Car: Black Female Travelers in the Segregated South” in The Culture of Jim Crow: Rethinking the Segregated South, Stephanie Cole and Natalie Ring, eds. Texas A&M Press, 2012.
  • “Love, Sex, Slavery and Sally Hemings,” in Beyond Slavery: Overcoming its Sexual and Religious Legacy edited by Bernadette Brooton, 2011.
  • ““Invisible Tethers: Transportation and Discrimination in the Age of Katrina,” in Katrina’s Imprint: Race and Vulnerability in America, Keith Wailoo, Karen O’Neill and Roland Anglin, eds, Rutgers University Press, 2010.
  • “Looking Backward in Order to Go Forward: Black Women Historians and Black Women’s History” in Telling Histories: Black Women in the Ivory Tower, Deborah Gray White, ed. University of North Carolina, March, 2008.
  • "The Redeemer Race and the Angry Saxon: Race, Gender, and White People in Antebellum Black Ethnology," in African-American Activism before the Civil War: The Freedom Struggle in the Antebellum North, Patrick Rael, Ed. New York: Routledge 2008.  [Reprint from The White Image in the Black Mind]
  • “Antebellum Black Ethnology.” Encyclopedia of Race and Racism, Joseph Hartwell Moore, ed. Macmillan Reference, 2007
  • “In Search of Sally Hemings in the Post-DNA Era,” Reviews in American History, 34:4, December 2006: 407-426.
  • “’See Your Declaration Americans!!’ Abolitionism, Americanism, and the Revolutionary Tradition in Free Black Politics,” in Americanism: New Perspectives on the History of an Ideal, Michel Kazin and Joseph McCartin, eds., University of North Carolina Press, 2006: 25-53
  • “The Historical Origins of Afrocentrism,” AmerikaStudien/American Studies, 45:4 December, 2000
  • “Remembering Racism: Rereading George Fredrickson’s The Black Image in the White Mind,”  Reviews in American History, 27:4, December 1999.
  • "'The World Was Thinking Wrong about Race': The Philadelphia Negro and Nineteenth-Century Science," in W.E.B. Du Bois, Race, and the City . Edited by Michael Katz and Thomas Sugrue. Philadelphia: University Of Pennsylvania Press, 1998.
  • "The Color of Heaven," in Black on White: Black Writers on What it Means to Be White. Edited by David R. Roediger. New York: Schocken Books, 1998.


  • “The Ambidexter Philosopher”: Thomas Jefferson in Free Black Thought, 1776-1877” (book manuscript)
  • “Traveling Black: A Social History of Segregated Transportation” (book manuscript)
  • Toward and Intellectual History of Black Women, Coedited with Farah Jasmine Griffin, Martha Jones, and Barbara D. Savage, under review, University of North Carolina Press
  • The Light of Truth: The Writings of Ida B. Wells, Penguin Book2, forthcoming, 2014

Courses Offered


  • 512:378, 379 African-American History I and II
  • 512:103 Development of the US I
  • 512:370 American Thought to 1850
  • 506:401, 402 History Seminars: Black Nationalism, Slavery in America, Research on Black Women


  • Seminar in American and African American History
  • Problems and Directed Readings (PDR) in African American History
  • Problems and Directed Readings (PDR) in American History II (19th Century)
  • Colloquium in Americanl History
  • Colloquium in African American History