Amrita Chakrabarti Myers is an award-winning historian, journalist, activist and commentator whose work examines the intersections of race, gender, power, and freedom, specifically focusing on the lives of enslaved and free black women. Amrita is a socio-political commentator on the “Today with Dr. Kaye” show, as well as a co-anchor for WFHB’s award-winning African-American radio show, “Bring It On!” Her segment on racial profiling won first place for “Outstanding Contributions in Reporting Events of Public Importance, Radio Public Affairs” by the Society for Professional Journalists in 2017. She was awarded the 2017 Martin Luther King, Jr. Building Bridges Award from Indiana University for her work as an activist, and her academic honors include a 2017 fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies as well as numerous book prizes.
Amrita is the author of the award-winning Forging Freedom: Black Women and the Pursuit of Liberty in Antebellum Charleston, and she is working on her new project, The Vice President’s Black Wife: Resurrecting Julia Chinn. One of the founders of Btown Justice, an organization that stands in solidarity with the #BlackLivesMatter movement, Amrita is currently Ruth N. Halls Associate Professor of History and Gender Studies at Indiana University.