Participant Info

First Name
Rhae Lynn
Last Name
Princeton University (Assistant Professor); U.S. History Scene (CEO & Editor)
Website URL
American Pop Culture, Blackface, Racism, White Supremacy, Social Movements, Civil Rights, Film, Music, Material Culture, African American History, Digital History, Documentary, History of the Book, Gender & Sexuality
Additional Contact Information
Twitter: @DigitalHistory_

Personal Info

About Me

Rhae Lynn Barnes is Assistant Professor of History at Princeton University specializing in the globalization of American popular culture with expertise in the history of racism, racial formation, gender, sexuality, book history, and representation in North American popular culture. Since earning her Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2016, she has been a fellow at USC’s Society of Fellows where she created a digital humanities study abroad program in Paris focused on global African diaspora called “Sojourners: Black Popular Culture in Paris Noir,” an NEH Visiting Scholar at Bard Graduate Center to study nineteenth-century American material culture, and was elected Vice President (President-Elect) of the Andrew W. Mellon Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography for 2018-2020. She is also the Editor and CEO of US History Scene (, which provides open access teaching resources to thousands of public schools in the United States through partnerships with libraries, archives, and special collections at UC Berkeley, the University of Virginia, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Chicago. Her forthcoming book, Darkology: When the American Dream Wore Blackface, which maps the political, economic, and cultural geography of amateur blackface by laying bare its unstudied bibliographic history, received funding from the Library of Congress, the Western History Association, the Society for American Music, The University of Texas at Austin, and the Bibliographical Society of America. She is also serving as an Executive Advisor with Henry Louis Gates Jr. to the four-part PBS documentary series “Reconstruction and the Rise of Jim Crow” (airing 2019). Twitter: @DigitalHistory_ 

Recent Publications

Upcoming in PBS documentary series Reconstruction and the Rise of Jim Crow

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
18th century, 19th century, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
American Civil War, American Presidents, Book History, Family, Gender, Public History, Race, Slavery, Sports, Technology, Women