Rhae Lynn Barnes

Assistant Professor of History

Princeton University

Rhae Lynn Barnes is Assistant Professor of History at Princeton University.  Since receiving her PhD from Harvard University in 2016, she has been Summer Visiting Scholar at the Bard Graduate Center, a fellow of University of Southern California's Society of Fellows, and a Mellon Fellow in Critical Bibliography at the Rare Book School in Charlottesville, VA, among a number of other awards and honors.  She is also the founder and CEO of US History Scene (www.ushistoryscene.com), which provides open access teaching resources to thousands public schools in the United States and is specifically focused on the curriculum gap at inner-city K-12 schools.  Her first book, Darkology: When the American Dream Wore Blackface maps the political, economic, and cultural geography of amateur blackface by laying bare its unstudied bibliographic history.  "Darkology," an insider term for the process of learning to embody stereotypical blackness and black life from how-to amateur blackface music guides, scripts and parlor games, was a revolutionary cultural phenomenon: the nearly ten thousand published minstrel plays that form the bedrock of Barnes's research, revisionist political treatises documenting the material remnants of white supremacy's intellectual and political life, transmitted racist antebellum ideology into the American present through the 1970s.