In her new book, Naming a Transnational Black Feminist Framework: Writing in Darkness, K. Melchor Quick Hall challenges racialized, gendered, and colonial bias in the field of international relations. She calls upon that discipline to recognize the important work of contemporary Black feminist scholars. Central to her feminist praxis, even beyond the academy, is living a life that builds upon the rich traditions of the African American community, including other-mothering. She argues that, across multiple scholar-activist horizons, it is important not to get lost in a theorizing practice that neglects the living, and to actively engage with diverse living legacies.
K. Melchor Quick Hall is a transdisciplinary Black feminist scholar-activist, with formal educational training in computational and social sciences. She is faculty in Fielding Graduate University’s School of Leadership Studies in the Human and Organizational Development programs. In 2019-2020, Melchor is a Visiting Scholar at Brandeis University’s Women’s Studies Research Center and an instructor for Boston University’s Prison Education Program. Raised in the Unitarian Universalist faith tradition, she was educated in Quaker schools. Both a popular educator and a university professor, she is a fifth-generation US-born African American terminal degree (i.e., PhD or MD) graduate, who was nurtured and loved by Black artists, cultural workers, and community activists.