Micah Khater

Micah K

Micah Khater

Assistant Professor

696 Social Sciences Building

E: mkhater@berkeley.edu

Micah Khater is an assistant professor of African American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Her work traces how Black women experienced, theorized, and resisted biopolitical and carceral regimes in the nineteenth- and twentieth-century United States. Grounded in Black feminist historical methodologies, Khater’s forthcoming book interrogates post-bellum fugitivity as a window into the evolving carceral project, which depended on the past even as it imagined—and moved—into the future. Her scholarship has been published, or is forthcoming, in Southern Cultures and Disability Studies Quarterly. She is also at work at Amrika: A History of Arab Americans (Cambridge UP) with Akram Fouad Khater, a long history of Arab and Arabic-speaking people in the United States that charts the political and social formations of immigrant communities as they reckoned with race, gender, sexuality, labor, religious transformation, empire, and diasporic longing.

Khater earned her Ph.D. from Yale University in African American Studies and History. In 2022, she was awarded the Prize Teaching Fellowship from Yale University for excellence in undergraduate education. Her research has been supported by the Center for Engaged Scholarship; the Frances S. Summersell Center for the Study of the South; the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition; and the Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration. 

Her teaching interests include: 19th and 20th-century African American History; Black Feminist Studies; Carceral Studies; Disability Studies; and Racial Formation in Arabic-Speaking Communities