History | 2016-2018 | Website

Rhae Lynn Barnes is a cultural historian who specializes in the history of North America with particular interests in the history of racism, racial formation, gender, sexuality, book history, and representation in popular culture. Her current book project, Darkology: The Hidden History of Amateur Blackface Minstrelsy and the Making of Modern America, 1860-1970 received funding from the Library of Congress, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Western History Association, and the Rare Book School at the University of Virginia. She intends to release a corresponding website with her book including a bibliographic database documenting thousands of amateur blackface minstrel plays and material culture. The New York Times, the Washington Post, the Atlantic, California University Press, the Journal of African American History, and an amicus brief to the Supreme Court have used and cited the research on U.S. History Scene, the digital history website she founded. Originally from Anaheim, California, she received a B.A. in History from the University of California, Berkeley and her M.A., Ph.D., and Certificate of Achievement in the Practice of Teaching in Higher Education from Harvard University. In 2018, Barnes will join the History Department at Princeton University as a professor in American cultural and intellectual history.