Daina Ramey Berry

Daina Ramey Berry is the Oliver H. Radkey Fellow in American History and Associate Professor of History and African and African Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. In 2018, she became a member of “Team History,” an advisory board for the HISTORY (A+E Network). She can be seen in several documentaries, including The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross, a Peabody Award winning production on PBS. Berry also served as a technical advisor for the remake of ROOTS (HISTORY & A+E, 2016). She is a regular guest on WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? (Lifetime) and has reconstructed the ancestries of Spike Lee, Alfre Woodard, Aisha Tyler, and Smokey Robinson. Berry has been the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Ford Foundation, and is an Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Time, Newsweek, and U.S. News & World Report. She is the author of Swing the Sickle for the Harvest is Ripe and the editor of Enslaved Women in America: An Encyclopedia. Her latest book, The Price for their Pound of Flesh: The Value of the Enslaved, from Womb to Grave, in the Building of a Nation (Beacon), which received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, is the gripping narrative of how enslaved people responded to being treated as commodities from birth to death and beyond. Kirkus Reviews calls the work “A well-researched, effectively presented piece of scholarship that forthrightly confronts slavery’s brute essence."