Premilla Nadasen


Premilla Nadasen is an associate professor of history at Queens College (City University of New York). She received her Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1999 and her B.A. from the University of Michigan. Her dissertation on the welfare rights movement was nominated for the Bancroft Award. Her book, Welfare Warriors: The Welfare Rights Movement in the United States (Routledge 2005), outlines the ways in which African American women on welfare forged a feminism of their own out of the political and cultural circumstances of the late 1960s and 1970s. It won the 2005 John Hope Franklin Publication Prize awarded by the American Studies Association for best book in American studies. In 2006-2007 she served as first Visiting Endowed Chair of Women’s Studies at Brooklyn College, CUNY. A longtime community activist and scholar, she has written for Feminist Studies, Ms. Magazine, the Women's Review of Books, Race and Reason, and the Progressive Media Project, and has given numerous public talks about African-American women's history and welfare policy. Her article, “Expanding the Boundaries of the Women’s Movement: Black Feminism and the Struggle for Welfare Rights,” (Feminist Studies) won the 2002 Berkshire Conference of Women Historians Article Prize. She recently co-authored with Jennifer Mittelstadt and Marisa Chappell, Welfare in the United States: A History with Documents (Routledge 2009). She is also working on a book-length project on the history of domestic worker organizing in the United States.


Associate Professor

Department of History

Queens College, CUNY

65-30 Kissena Blvd.

Flushing, NY 11367-1597


Phone: 718.997.5352

Fax: 718.997.5359