Salamishah Tillet is a scholar, activist, social critic, and media personality championing the rights of our most invisible citizens. She has appeared on the BBC, CNN, MSNBC and NPR and Ebony and Essence, published articles with The Chicago Tribune, The Guardian, The Nation and regularly contributes to Elle and the New York Times. Currently, she is an associate professor of English and Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.
In 2010, she received the Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Award for Distinguished Teaching by an Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of Sites of Slavery: Citizenship and Racial Democracy in the Post-Civil Rights Imagination (Duke University Press, 2012). She is working on a memoir on race and rape in America, and a book on civil rights icon Nina Simone.
In 2003, Salamishah and her sister, Scheherazade Tillet, co-founded A Long Walk Home, Inc. (ALWH), a Chicago-based non-profit using art to empower young people and end violence against girls and women. ALWH’s innovative, intersectional strategy has earned media coverage in outlets such as Ebony, The New Yorker and Washington Post.
Salamishah was an associate producer of Aishah Shahidah Simmons’s groundbreaking “NO! The Rape Documentary,” the award-winning “Rape Is…” by Cambridge Documentary Films, and the forthcoming “Soundtracks” by CNN Films.