President Bio

Born in South Africa and raised in the United States, Premilla Nadasen is a Professor of History at Barnard College/Columbia University. She is most interested in visions of social change and the ways in which poor and working-class women of color have fought for social justice. She has published extensively on the multiple meanings of feminism, alternative labor movements, and grass-roots community organizing. Nadasen has been engaged with community and campus activism for many years and has built bridges between those inside and outside the academy. She is the author of two award-winning books Welfare Warriors: The Welfare Rights Movement in the United States (Routledge 2005) and Household Workers Unite: The Untold Story of African American Women Who Built a Movement (Beacon 2015) and is currently writing a biography of South African singer and anti-apartheid activist Miriam Makeba.

See Dr. Nadasen's faculty page here.