Irma Watkins-Owens is author of Blood Relations: Caribbean Immigrants and the Harlem Community, 1900-1930 (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1996). She is currently working on a study of African American women, migration and community in New York City from 1898-1945. A shorter project examines African Caribbean Immigrants in Port Cities of the Nineteenth Century.
Dr. Watkins-Owens taught courses in African American history, women's history, Atlantic migration and black identity. She also taught an interdisciplinary seminar, Harlem Century, in the Fall of 2014. Dr. Watkins-Owens taught graduate courses in the History Department on African American women’s biography and life-writing and Black Atlantic migrations.