Dr. Amanda T. Boston is a Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellow at New York University (NYU). Her research, writing, and teaching focus on twentieth-century and contemporary African American history, politics, and popular culture. Her current projects explore the post-1970 gentrification of Brooklyn, New York and the relationship between the history of race and structural racism in Brooklyn, the rise of colorblindness and neoliberalism, and the making and unmaking of the borough’s Black communities. In addition to developing her own research, Boston has assisted Professor Deborah Willis with programming and initiatives related to the NYU Institute of African American Affairs and Center for Black Visual Culture and serves as an assistant professor and faculty fellow at the NYU Marron Institute of Urban Management. In the fall of 2021, she will join the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh as an assistant professor of Africana Studies.
Boston earned a doctorate and a master’s degree in Africana Studies from Brown University. There, she held a Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship and served as a graduate fellow with the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America and the Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences initiative. She was also a teaching assistant for graduate and undergraduate courses in the Department of Africana Studies, and designed and taught the course “Black Life in the Post-Industrial City.” In addition to her research and teaching, Boston was a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Oversight Board and the Brown Graduate Resources for Improving Professional Structures program. She also served as president of the Samuel M. Nabrit Black Graduate Student Association, as a mentor for the Brown Center for Students of Color‘s ALANA program, and as a member of the Graduate Student Advisory Committee for the Harriet W. Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning. In 2016, Boston was a member of the first cohort of students at Brown to receive a master’s degree in Africana Studies. In 2019, she was elected to Brown’s Board of Trustees as the university’s first Ph.D. graduate to serve as New Alumni Trustee.
Prior to her time at Brown, Boston attended Duke University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree with departmental honors in Political Science and African & African American Studies and a master’s degree in Political Science. Her graduate and undergraduate studies there bridged her interests in race, ethnicity, and politics and the social and political resonance of Black expressive cultures. At Duke, Boston was a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow and a Dean’s Graduate Fellow. She also served as a graduate fellow at the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in the Social Sciences.
Boston was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, where she attended local public schools before graduating from Poly Prep Country Day School. She is a proud alumni trustee of the Prep for Prep program, and president of the organization’s alumni council. She is also a member of the board of directors of the Municipal Art Society of New York. In addition to scholarship and teaching, Boston is passionate about social justice, travel, music, Duke basketball, and Black sitcoms from the 1990s.