Keneshia Grant, Ph.D.

Howard University

Phone: 9542821887

City: Washington, District of Columbia

Country: United States

Research Interests

American Presidency And Executive Politics

Political Parties and Interest Groups

Race, Ethnicity and Politics

Urban Politics

The Great Migration

Black Migration

Countries of Interest

United States


Journal Articles:

(2019) Great Migration Politics: The Impact of the Great Migration on Democratic Presidential Election Campaigns from 1948-1960, The Du Bois Review

The Great Migration fundamentally reshaped Northern electorates. Millions of Black voters, who had been unable to vote in the South, became eligible to vote through their resettlement in the North. In many instances, parties and politicians believed that Black voters were the balance of power in elections. This belief led them to change their approaches and make specific appeals to Black voters in an effort to win their support. Although scholars of American politics have revised the dominant narrative about the development of the Democratic Party on issues related to race, they fail to account for the role of Black voters in contributing to the Party’s change. The goal of this work is to describe how the Great Migration influenced Democratic Party interactions with Black voters in presidential elections from 1948-1960. I argue that increasing competition between the Democratic and Republican Parties, coupled with Black migrants’ location in electorally important states, made Black voters an important target of presidential campaign strategy in the post-war era.

Books Written:

(2020) The Great Migration and the Democratic Party: Black Voters and the Realignment of American Politics in the 20th Century, Temple University Press

The Great Migration and the Democratic Party: Black Voters and the Realignment of American Politics in the 20th Century puts the Great Migration front and center in the scholarly conversation about change in American political parties. By examining the relationship between Black voters and the Democratic Party over the course of the 20th century, The Great Migration and the Democratic Party argues the importance of migration to politics in general and demonstrates that American politics as we know it today is powerfully shaped by Black Americans’ movement out of the South during the 20th century.

Media Appearances:

TV Appearances:

(2018) Canadian Broadcast Corporation

I spoke with John Northcott of the Canadian Broadcast Corporation about developments in Robert Mueller's investigation into potential collusion of the 2016 Trump campaign, the G7 summit and American Tarrifs, and the upcoming meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un. The interview is available online, here:

(2018) WJLA ABC7

Along with Christian Ellis, a freshman criminology major at Howard University, I visited WJLA ABC7 to talk about the student protest at Howard University. The interview is online here:

(2017) C-SPAN

Black Political Influence-- The New America Foundation held a discussion titled “Black Politics in Trump’s America” examining strategies black leaders could use to exert pressure on elected officials and policy makers.

Radio Appearances:

(2018) Minnesota Public Radio

I talked to Keri Miller of Minnesota Public Radio about the qualities that make for good political leaders.



I described the significance of Stacey Abrams' selection to deliver the 2019 Democratic Response to the State of the Union.

(2018) The Atlantic

I talked to Adam Harris, of the Atlantic, about the role of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the 2018 Gubernatorial campaigns in Florida and Georgia.