Fellows Program

2010-2011 Resident Fellows

The Fellows Program is at the heart of the activities of the W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute. Started in 1975 as the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, the Institute has annually appointed scholars who conduct individual research for a period of one to two semesters in a wide variety of fields related to African and African American Studies. With a record of supporting more than 300 Fellows since its founding, the Institute has arguably done more in its short existence to ensure the scholarly development of African and African American Studies than any other pre-doctoral or post-doctoral program in the United States.


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Franco Barchiesi

Franco Barchiesi is an Associate Professor in the Department of African American and African Studies at the Ohio State University. He holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, where he has taught from 1996 to 2002. From 2002 to 2005 he was based in the Department of Politics at the University of Bologna, Italy.

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Devyn Spence Benson

Dr. Devyn Spence Benson is an Assistant Professor of History and African and African American Studies at Louisiana State University. Benson received her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in the field of Latin American History, where her research focused on racial discourses during the first three years of the Cuban revolution. She has taught at UNC-Chapel Hill, Williams College, and now LSU.

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David Bindman

David Bindman is Emeritus Professor of the History of Art at University College London. He was educated at Oxford, Harvard and the Courtauld Institute, University of London. Professor Bindman has taught and lectured extensively in the US, and has held fellowships at Yale, the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., the Getty Institute, and the Du Bois Institute at Harvard. He is a scholar of eighteenth-century British art, and the author of books on Blake and Hogarth as well as the editor of The History of British Art (Yale University Press, 2008).

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Damon Burchell-Sajnani

Damon Sajnani aka“ProfessorD.us” (pronounced Professor D dot U.S.) is an accomplished HipHop artist and a Ph.D candidate in African American Studies at Northwestern University. As leader of The Dope Poet Society, one of Canada’s top selling independent HipHop acts, he has toured worldwide and released four critically acclaimed CDs, including his latest, “THIRD WORLD WARriors.” His writing and research concerns race, neo/colonialism, geopolitics, and popular culture.

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Kerry Chance

Kerry Chance was an American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) New Faculty Fellow in the Anthropology Department at Harvard University.  She joined the Anthropology Department as a College Fellow in 2011 after receiving a Ph.D. in Socio-Cultural Anthropology at the University of Chicago.

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Kathleen Neal Cleaver

Kathleen Neal Cleaver is a member of the Emory University School of Law faculty and also holds an appointment at Yale University’s African American Studies Department. Her writing has appeared in numerous magazines, newspapers, and books. Along with George Katsiaficas, she was co-editor of Liberation, Imagination, and the Black Panther Party (Routledge 2001) and edited the collection Target Zero: A Life in Writing by Eldridge Cleaver (Palgrave, 2006).

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Caroline Elkins

Carrie Elkins is Professor of History and African and African American Studies as well as Chair of the Committee on African Studies at Harvard University. Her book Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain's Gulag in Kenya (Henry Holt, 2005) received the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction.

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Murray Forman

Murray Forman is Associate Professor of Media & Screen Studies at Northeastern University.  He is the author of One Night on TV is Worth Weeks at the Paramount: Popular Music on Early Television (Duke, 2012) and co-author with alumnus fellow Mark Anthony Neal of That’s the Joint!: The Hip-Hop Studies Reader (Routledge, 2011).

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Philippe Girard

Dr. Philippe Girard is Professor of History and Department Head at McNeese State University. A native of Guadeloupe, he specializes in the history of the Caribbean, and particularly Haiti. He is the author of four books: Clinton in Haiti: The 1994 US Invasion of Haiti (Palgrave 2004); Haiti: The Tumultuous History (Palgrave 2010); The Slaves Who Defeated Napoléon: Toussaint Louverture and the Haitian War of Independence (University of Alabama Press, 2011); The Memoir of General Toussaint Louverture (Oxford University Press, 2014).

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Gregg Hecimovich

Gregg Hecimovich is Professor and Chair of the Department of English at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina.  He earned his BA at the University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill, where he won the Louis D. Rubin Jr. Prize for most outstanding creative writer in his graduating class and graduated Phi Beta Kappa and cum laude in both English Literature and Creative Writing.

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Marial Iglesias Utset

Marial Iglesias Utset was Professor of Philosophy and History at the University of Havana for 25 years. She earned her Ph.D. in Historical Sciences at the University of Havana and her M. Phil. and her B.A. at Moscow State University. Her research fields include Culture and Race in Cuba, Atlantic Slavery, and African Diaspora Studies.

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Carrie Lambert-Beatty

Carrie Lambert-Beatty is an art historian at Harvard University. Her 2008 book Being Watched: Yvonne Rainer and the 1960s is a study of the art of a signal member of the American avant-garde, exploring minimalism, dance, documentation, and the artistic response, often unconscious, to the burgeoning media culture of the 1960s. Published by MIT Press, Being Watched was awarded the de la Torre prize for dance studies.

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Kate le Roux

Dr Kate le Roux is a Senior Lecturer in Quantitative Literacy in the Centre for Higher Education Development at the University of Cape Town. Her teaching and research focus on student transition from school mathematics to and through the mathematical discourses valued in disciplines at university. Empirically she is interested in what mathematical discourses and opportunities for participation in these discourses are offered by institutional support initiatives and how students act with these opportunities.

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Sarah Lewis

Sarah Lewis received her bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, an M. Phil from Oxford University, and her Ph.D. from Yale University (expected Fall 2014). An author and curator, she is also a faculty member at Yale University School of Art. Her current book project, which lies at the intersection of Slavic Studies, African American Studies, and Art History, is entitled Black Sea, Black Atlantic: Frederick Douglass, the Circassian Beauties, and American Racial Formation in the Wake of the Civil War (Harvard University Press, 2016).

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Wahbie Long

Dr Wahbie Long is a practicing clinical psychologist and lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the University of Cape Town. His research interests are in the history, theory and indigenization of psychology. Dr Long is currently working on a book-length manuscript, A history of 'relevance' in psychology, to be published by Palgrave Macmillan in late 2015.

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Xolela Mangcu

Xolela Mangcu is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Cape Town. He is the author and co-author of seven books, including the recently published, Biko: A Biography (Tafelberg, 2012), To the Brink: The State of Democracy in South Africa (UKZN Press 2008), The Meaning of Mandela (essays by Wole Soyinka, Cornel West, Henry Louis Gates Jr.), (HSRC Press, 2005).

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Beatriz Marcheco-Teruel

Beatriz Marcheco-Teruel is Full Professor of Medical Genetics and Senior Researcher, at the National Centre for Medical Genetics, Medical University of Havana. She was educated as medical doctor and clinical geneticist and completed her PhD at the Aarhus University in Denmark. Her research interests involve the study of origin, genetic structure and admixture of the Cuban population, as well as genetic risk factors associated to complex disorders by using different epidemiological designs.

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Kate Masur

Kate Masur is Associate Professor of History and African American Studies at Northwestern University.  Her work focuses on the abolition of slavery in the United States. Examining the intersections of law, politics, and everyday life, she explores how Americans grappled with questions of race and equality in both the North and South. She is the author of An Example for All the Land: Emancipation and the Struggle over Equality in Washington, D.C (2010) and of prize-winning articles on emancipation and black politics during the Civil War.

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Steven Nelson

Steven Nelson is Associate Professor of African and African American art history at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the author of the award-winning From Cameroon to Paris: Mousgoum Architecture in and out of Africa (University of Chicago Press, 2007). His writings have appeared in numerous venues. Nelson is currently pursuing projects on urbanism in Dakar, Senegal; the Underground Railroad; and the use of geography in contemporary African and African American art.

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Elio Rodriguez

All my work in a general sense deals with the question of identity, understood as the system of judgments about a person, culture or phenomenon. This question is generally treated from the prism of Caribbean popular culture, using the humor and elements of this culture, and such cliches formed about the culture, that when it comes from them, it builds images that simultaneously incarnate that reality, and question it.

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Maria Sanchez

Maria Carla Sanchez is Associate Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She earned her Ph D in English Literature and Language from Harvard University. Her research area is 19th century U.S. literatures, including women's, African American, and Mexican American literatures.

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Woody Shaw III

Woody Louis Armstrong Shaw III is a creative director, producer, independent musician, and jazz scholar living in New York City. Woody III oversees and administers the legacies of his father, late trumpeter-composer Woody Shaw (1944-1989) and his stepfather, late tenor saxophonist and Academy Award nominated actor Dexter Gordon (1923-1990). As the heir to his family’s legacy he has served as manager, curator, musician, writer, designer, producer, archivist, and digital content developer.

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Maria Tatar

Maria Tatar is the John L. Loeb Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures and Folklore and Mythology at Harvard University.  She is the author of, most recently, The Annotated Peter Pan as well as of The Annotated Brothers Grimm, The Annotated Classic Fairy Tales, and Enchanted Hunters: The Power of Stories in Childhood (all published by W.W. Norton), and many other volumes.  A frequent contributor to NPR, The New Yorker, and The New York Times, she is currently at work on a volume of African American Folktales.

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