Kaysha Corinealdi

Associate Professor - On Leave
Pronouns: (She/Her/Hers)
Kaysha Corinealdi
Email Email kaysha_corinealdi@emerson.edu

Kaysha Corinealdi is an interdisciplinary historian of modern empires, migration, gender, and activism in the Americas. In her research and teaching she incorporates diverse source materials and analytical approaches to highlight the richness and complexity of historical inquiry. Corinealdi has presented her work nationally and internationally on themes such as photographing existence in the Americas, Afro-Latinx educators in New York City, women undoing empire, anti-Blackness in the Americas, and anti-communism in twentieth century Panama and the United States. Her book, Panama in Black: Afro-Caribbean World Making in the Twentieth Century (Duke University Press, 2022), examines activist networks created by Afro-Caribbeans in Panama, the U.S. controlled Panama Canal Zone, and New York City during periods of extralegal and state-sanctioned anti-black and anti-foreigner campaigns. Her research and writing can also be found in the American Historical Review, the Caribbean Review of Gender Studies, Black Perspectives, the International Journal of Africana Studies, Public Books, the Global South, and Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society. Corinealdi’s research has been supported by the Mellon Foundation, the Institute for Citizens and Scholars, and the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University.


  • Department Marlboro Institute for Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Since 2016


B.A., Swarthmore College
M.A., Yale University
M.Phil., Yale University
Ph.D., Yale University

Areas of Expertise

  • Global Studies
  • History
  • Humanities & Cultural Studies
  • International Politics
  • Latin American Politics
  • Postcolonial Studies


Panama in Black: Afro-Caribbean World Making in the Twentieth Century

Duke University Press

Being Fully Human: Linda Smart Chubb and the Praxis of Black Feminist Internationalism

Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 47:4, 931-955

A Section for Women: Journalism and Gendered Promises of Anti-Colonial Progress in Interwar Panama


Creating Transformative Education: Robert Beecher and Thinking Through Race and Empire from Panama to New York

International Journal of Africana Studies, 18:2, 83-103

Book Review of Sonja Stephenson Watson, The Politics of Race in Panama: Afro-Hispanic and West Indian Literary Discourses of Contention.

Hispanic American Historical Review, 95:1

Envisioning Multiple Citizenships: West Indian Panamanians and Creating Community in the Canal Zone Neocolony

The Global South, 6:2, 87-106