Amrita Chakrabarti Myers


Amrita Chakrabarti Myers is the Ruth N. Halls Associate Professor of History and Gender Studies at Indiana University. She earned her doctorate in US History from Rutgers University with minors in African American History and Women’s History and specializes in the History of Black Women in the Slave South. A committed activist, Myers is in high demand as a lecturer and workshop leader and helped to found the Bloomington chapter of #BlackLivesMatter. She is also regularly interviewed by local and national media on issues of equity and social justice and has published editorials and articles on anti-Blackness in the popular press. Her first book, Forging Freedom: Black Women and the Pursuit of Liberty in Antebellum Charleston, was published by UNC Press in 2011. She is finishing work on her second book, The Vice President’s Black Wife: The Untold Life of Julia Chinn. Myers joined the Office of Diversity and Inclusion as a Faculty Fellow in July 2020.