The Hutchins Center for African & African American Research Announces its Third Class of W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute Fellows

Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute at the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, has welcomed twenty-one Fellows for the 2015-2016 academic year.

“We are delighted to welcome one of our most distinguished and diverse classes of W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute Fellows,” says Gates. “The geography of early modern Atlantic militancy, hiphop in the American South, debt among the urban poor, living politics among South Africa’s urban poor, the circulation of the black body in the global art economy, art as excuse, a literary map of rap music, black-white collaborations in the move from rhythm and blues to soul and rock, and racial equity in education policy and practice are among the exciting projects which the 2015-2016 Class of Fellows will be pursuing at the W. E. B Du Bois Research Institute, housed in the Hutchins Center.”

The 2015-2016 W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute Fellows and their research projects are as follows:

• Wlamyra Albuquerque is Professor of Brazilian History at the Universidade Federal da Bahia In residence as an Afro-Latin American Research Institute Fellow for Fall 2015, Dr. Albuquerque will be at work on her research project, The Racialization of Brazilian Society.

• David Bindman is Emeritus Professor of the History of Art at University College London.  In residence as an Image of the Black Archive & Library Fellow for Fall 2015, Dr. Bindman will be completing The Image of the Black in Africa and Asia a companion volume to the Image of the Black in Western Art series (Harvard University Press).
    
• Floretta Boonzaier is Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Cape Town. In residence as a Sheila Biddle Ford Foundation Fellow for Fall 2015, Dr. Boonzaier will be at work on her project Reading the Past in the Present: Historicizing Violence Against Women in South Africa.

• Regina Bradley is Assistant Professor of African American Literature at Armstrong State University. In residence as a Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellow for Spring 2016, Dr. Bradley will be at work on her book Chronicling Stankonia: Recognizing America’s Hip Hop South.

• Vincent Brown is the Charles Warren Professor of American History and the Founding Director of the History Design Studio at Harvard University. In residence as a Sheila Biddle Ford Foundation Fellow for Spring 2016, Dr. Brown will be at work on his book on the geography of early modern Atlantic militancy entitled The Coromantee War: An Archipelago of Insurrection.

• Anmol Chaddha earned his Ph.D. in Sociology and Social Policy at Harvard University. In residence as a Hutchins Fellow for the 2015-2016 academic year, Dr. Chaddha will be at work on his book Debt Collection and ‘Financial Surveillance’: Regulating the Economic Lives of the Urban Poor.

• Kerry Chance earned her Ph.D. in Anthropology at the University of Chicago and is Lecturer on Social Studies, Harvard University in 2015-2016. In residence as a Sheila Biddle Ford Foundation Fellow for the 2015 -2016 academic year, she will complete her book on South Africa’s urban poor entitled Living Politics. 

• Wallace Chuma is Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Film and Media Studies at the University of Cape Town. In residence as the Mellon Mandela Fellow for Fall 2015, Dr. Chuma will be at work on his book Post-Apartheid South African Media Policy.

• Shahira Fahmy is founder of Shahira Fahmy Architects in Cairo. In residence as a Hutchins Fellow for the 2015-2016 academic year, Fahmy will be at work on her project on surveillance and the built environment of Cairo entitled Projective Mapping.

• Cheryl Finley is Associate Professor of History of Art and Visual Studies as well as Director of Visual Studies at Cornell University.  In residence as the Richard Cohen Fellow for the 2015-2016 academic year, she will be a work on her book Re-Imagining the Grand Tour: Routes of Contemporary African Diaspora Art.

• Victor Fowler is a writer and poet based in Cuba. In residence as the Mamolen Fellow for the 2015-2016, Victor Fowler will be working on his project Long-time Brothers: Black Cubans in the North American Black imagination, 1868-1968.

• Roshan Galvaan is Associate Professor and Head of Occupational Therapy, University of Cape Town. In residence as a Mellon Mandela Fellow for Spring 2016, Dr. Galvaan will be at work on his project Disrupting Traditions: Developing Contextually Relevant Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy Knowledge in South Africa.

• Sharon Harley is Associate Professor of African and African American Studies at the University of Maryland. In residence as a Hutchins Fellow for Spring 2016, Dr. Harley will be at work on her project Re-Reading Du Bois's Life and Scholarship Through a Gendered Lens.

• Kellie Jones is Associate Professor in Art History and Archaeology and the Institute for Research in African American Studies at Columbia University. In residence as the McMillan-Stewart Fellow for Fall 2015, Dr. Jones will be completing her book ‘Art is an Excuse,’ Conceptual Strategies 1968-1983.

• Bettina Love is Associate Professor of Educational Theory & Practice at the University of Georgia. In residence as a Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellow for Spring 2016, Dr. Love will be at work on her project Get Free: Hip Hop Civics Education.

• Christopher Massenburg is Assistant Professor of English at St. Augustine’s University. In residence for the 2015-2016 academic year as a Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellow, he will be at work on his project Poetics on Wax.

• Sanyu Mojola is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Colorado, Boulder. In residence as a Hutchins Fellow for the 2015-2016 academic year, she will be at work on her book Race, Health and Inequality: Producing an HIV Epidemic in the Shadow of the Capitol.

• Sarah Nuttall is Director of the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa. In residence as the Oppenheimer Fellow for Spring 2016, she will be at work on her project The Anthropocene, African Aesthetics and the Politics of Form.

• Jonathan Rieder is Professor of Sociology at Barnard College. In residence as a Sheila Biddle Ford Foundation Fellow for the 2015-2016 academic year, Dr. Rieder will be at work on his book Crossing Over: Black-White Encounters in the Transition from Rhythm and Blues to Soul and Rock. 

• Mark Warren is Associate Professor of Public Policy and Public Affairs at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. In residence as the College Board Fellow for the 2015-2016 academic year, Dr. Warren will be working on his book-length project Building an Educational Justice Movement: Organizing against the School to Prison Pipeline.

• Silvia Valero is Professor of Latin American Literature at the Universidad de Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. In residence as an Afro-Latin American Research Institute Fellow for Fall 2015, Dr. Valero will be at work on her book Afro-descendancy in the Afro-Hispanic Literature and Audiovisual Works of the 21st Century: Refoundations and Political Identities.

Originally founded in 1975 as the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute, the W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute has annually appointed scholars who conduct individual research for a period of up to one academic year in a variety of fields within African and African American Studies. Now at the heart of the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, the Institute’s fellowship program accepts established and emerging scholars from both the humanities and social sciences and occasionally from fields such as engineering and the medical sciences. Fellows are participants in a range of activities including colloquia, public conferences, lectures, readings, and workshops.
 

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