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Rahab Njeri



Rahab Njeri studied British and North American History, African Studies, and English Studies at the University of Cologne from 2008-2013. In 2013, she finished her interdisciplinary Master’s thesis with the title “If you’re light you’re Alright”: Skin Bleaching among African American Women (1945-1970). In 2013, Njeri was a doctoral student at the University of Trier, in the International Research Group funded by the DFG “IRTG 1864Diversity: Mediating Differences in Transcultural Spaces”, Department of International History, working on her Ph.D. project Black Canadas: Construction and Representation of Blackness in Halifax, Toronto, and Montreal from 1960 to 1990. In 2020 she finished and defended her PhD thesis. Her research fields and academic interest are Black Feminism, Africana Womanist, Postcolonial Studies, Critical Whiteness Studies, Black Diaspora, Migration Studies, Gender Studies, and Afrikana Studies. Currently, she is teaching at the Gender institute in Köln University. She is a mother of two children. She also gives workshops on Critical Whiteness, Anti-discrimination/ racism and intersectional diversity.

Njeri is also politically enganged and interested in the question around Environment racism and its intersection of race and class. She is a board member of a community activists group Klima Freunde, which successfully, voted in the first Black man in the history of the city of Köln as a city council member on the 13.9.2020. One of her most important tasks in Klima Freunde is making sure that Black women’s activism and struggles in the politics of environmental justice, gender, poverty and climate change do not remain invisible.