Originally from Birmingham, Kenja 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 Kazi Leaders: Women in Black Power Pan-African Cultural Nationalist Organizations, 1965-1987.
Kenja is also an Associate Professor of History at Atlanta Metropolitan State College (AMSC). She teaches U.S. and African American history. She serves as a member of several campus and University System of Georgia (USG) boards including the Regents’ Academic Advisory Committee on History (2018-2019 chair). Kenja is a University System of Georgia Chancellor’s Learning Scholar and was an AMSC 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 Historians‘ Drusilla Dunjee Houston Award.