Keisha-Khan specializes in the critical study of race, gender, and politics in the Americas with a particular focus on black women’s activism, urban geography and questions of citizenship, feminist theories, intellectual history and disciplinary formations, and the interrelationship between scholarship, pedagogy, and political engagement. She has conducted extensive research in Mexico, Jamaica, Belize, Brazil, Argentina, and the United States. She recognizes the importance of a global perspective on localized struggles for land throughout the black diaspora in the Americas. Her research illuminates the historical meanings of citizenship, material culture, and diaspora, and examines the relationship between land, freedom, and national belonging.
“State Violence and the Ethnographic Encounter: Feminist Research and Racial Embodiment,” in Bridging Scholarship and Activism in a Globalized World: Rethinking Solidarities, Identities, Responsibilities, and Methodologies, Bernd Reiter and Ulrich Oslender, Editors. (East Lansing: Michigan State University, January 2015), pp. 151-170.
“Black Women on the Edge: A Conversation on the Gendered Racial Struggle for Urban Land in Salvador, Brazil,” co-authored with Ana Cristina da Silva Caminha in Grabbing Back: Resistance Against the Global Land Grab, Alexander Reid Ross, Editor (Oakland: AK Press, June 2014), pp. 147-157.
“State Violence and the Ethnographic Encounter: Feminist Research and Racial Embodiment,” in Rewriting the African Diaspora in Latin America and the Caribbean: Beyond Disciplinary and National Boundaries, Robert L. Adams Jr., Editor. (New York: Routledge, April 2013).
“State Violence and the Ethnographic Encounter: Feminist Research and Racial Embodiment,” in African and Black Diaspora Studies: An International Journal, Volume 5, Number 1 (2012), pp. 135-154.
“The Black Movement’s ‘Foot Soldiers’: Grassroots Feminism and Neighborhood Struggles in Brazil,” in Politics Cultures Identities: Comparative Perspectives on Afro Latin America, Kwame Dixon and John Burdick, Editors, (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, February 2012), pp. 219-240.
“‘If We Didn’t Have Water’: Black Women’s Struggle for Urban Land Rights in Brazil,” in Environmental Justice, Volume 2, Number 1 (2009), pp. 9-13.
“‘The Groundings With My Sisters’: Toward a Black Diasporic Feminist Agenda in the Americas,” in Barnard Center for Research on Women The Scholar and Feminist Online, Issue 7.2, Spring 2009.
“Racialized History and Urban Politics: Black Women’s Wisdom in Grassroots Struggles” in Brazil’s New Racial Politics, Bernd Reiter and Gladys L. Mitchell, Editors, (Boulder: Lynne Rienner Publishers, October 2009), pp. 141-164.