A’Lelia Bundles is the author of On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker,a biography of her great-great-grandmother that was named a New York Times Notable Book.


She is at work on her fifth book, The Joy Goddess of Harlem: A’Lelia Walker and the Harlem Renaissance,about her great-grandmother whose parties and arts patronage helped define the era.


A former network television news executive and Emmy-award winning producer at ABC News and NBC News, Ms. Bundles is a vice chairman of Columbia University’s Board of Trustees and immediate past chairman of the board of the National Archives Foundation. She is the brand historian for Madam C. J. Walker Beauty Culture, a line of hair care products manufactured by Sundial Brands and sold exclusively at Sephora. 


She founded the Madam Walker Family Archives and is on the advisory boards of the March on Washington Film Festival and the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute.


She grew up in Indianapolis and attended North Central High School.

She is a graduate of Harvard College and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. She received an honorary doctorate from Indiana University and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.