Melanie Chambliss - Columbia College Chicago

Melanie Chambliss

Assistant Professor


Melanie Chambliss is an Assistant Professor in the Humanities, History, and Social Sciences department. She teaches courses on nineteenth- and twentieth-century African American history and culture. Melanie is currently working on her in-progress manuscript "Saving the Race: Black Archives, Black Liberation, and the Remaking of Modernity." Her research has been supported by the Ford Foundation, the Black Metropolis Research Consortium, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and the Institute for Citizens and Scholars (formerly the Woodrow Wilson Foundation). Melanie earned her bachelors degree in English from Howard University and her PhD in African American Studies and American Studies from Yale University. Melanie also completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Northwestern University.

Instructional Areas

African American History

Creative Practice and Research Interests

Black archives, U.S. intellectual history, print culture studies


B.A., English Howard University 2008
M.A., African American Studies Yale University 2013
Ph.D., African American Studies Yale University 2016