Roy F. and Jeannette P. Nichols Professor of American History
Mia Bay joined Penn as the Roy F. and Jeannette P. Nichols Professor of American History in 2018. A well-recognized scholar of late modern American intellectual and cultural history with a focus on African-American history, Bay came to Penn from Rutgers University, where she served as Professor of History and Director of the Rutgers Center for Race and Ethnicity. She has published two highly acclaimed books, The White Image in the Black Mind: African-American Ideas About White People 1830-1925 and To Tell the Truth Freely: The Life of Ida B. Wells. Bay is the recipient of numerous honors, awards, and grants, including a Mellon Sawyer Seminar Grant, an Alphonse Fletcher Sr. Fellowship, a National Humanities Center Fellowship and an American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship.