Leigh Raiford is Associate Professor of African American Studies at the University of California at Berkeley, where she also serves as affiliate faculty in the Program in American Studies, and the Department of Gender and Women's Studies. She received her BA from Wesleyan University in 1994 and her PhD from Yale University's joint program in African American Studies and American Studies in 2003. Before arriving at UC-Berkeley in 2004, Raiford was the Woodrow Wilson Postdoctoral Fellow at Duke University's John Hope Franklin Center for Interdisciplinary and International Studies.
Raiford is the author of Imprisoned in a Luminous Glare: Photography and the African American Freedom Struggle (University of North Carolina Press, 2011) and is co-editor with Renee Romano of The Civil Rights Movement in American Memory (University of Georgia Press, 2006). Her work has appeared in numerous academic journals, including American Quarterly, History and Theory, English Language Notes and NKA: Journal of Contemporary African Art; as well as the edited collection Only Skin Deep: Changing Visions of the American Self, (Harry N. Abrams Press, 2003), a history of race and photography in the United States.