Kenja McCray is an Assistant Professor of History at Clayton State University. Originally from Birmingham, Dr. McCray is a graduate of the Alabama School of Fine Arts. She has a B.A. from Spelman College and an M.A. from Clark Atlanta University.  She earned a Ph.D. in history at Georgia State University (GSU).  Her areas of interest are the 19th and 20th century United States, African Americans, Africa and the diaspora, transnational histories, women, class and social history. She is currently working on a book manuscript titled From Complements to Service Leaders: Women in Black Power Pan-African Cultural Nationalist Organizations, 1965-1987.

Dr. McCray has also served as a Visiting Associate Professor of History in the School of History and Sociology at the Georgia Institute of Technology and as an Associate Professor of History at Atlanta Metropolitan State College (AMSC).  She teaches U.S. and African American history, African American studies, African American culture, and women’s history. She has served on the boards of several professional organizations, including the Regents’ Academic Advisory Committee on History (2018-2019 chair), the Georgia Association of Historians, Friends of the Georgia Archives and History, and the Association for the Study of African American History, Atlanta Branch. Dr. McCray was a University System of Georgia Chancellor’s Learning Scholar and a nominee for the Regents’ Teaching Excellence Award. She received the GSU History Department’s John A. Alexander Memorial Award, a Georgia Regional Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society paper prize, and the Association of Black Women HistoriansDrusilla Dunjee Houston Award.