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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Harry Allen

Harry Allen, Hip-Hop Activist & Media Assassin, has written about race, politics, and culture for nearly thirty years, in such publications as VIBE, The Source, The Village Voice, The New York Daily News, and others. As an expert covering hip-hop culture, he's been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, on National Public Radio, MTV, VH-1, CNN, the BBC, and other information channels.

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Kleber Amancio

Kleber Amancio has a BA degree in History from University of Campinas (2006), and  an MA (2010)  and PHD (2016) in Social History from University of São Paulo. He was a visiting scholar at Harvard University (2014-2015). The main area of his research is the history of Brazil in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with publications on topics such as history of Rio de Janeiro, slavery, abolition, post-emancipation, racism, literature and art.

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Abidemi Babalola

Abidemi Babatunde Babalola earned his PhD in Anthropology from Rice University, Houston with specialization in African Archaeology. He holds a Masters in Historical Archaeology and Cultural Resources Management and a Bachelor’s degree in Archaeology from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria.  He was a pre-doctoral fellow at the University College London in Qatar (UCLQ). In the spring of 2016, Dr. Babalola was a Visiting Researcher at UCLQ. His research interests include Early Technologies, material culture and society, and Africana and African American Studies.

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Gaiutra Bahadur

Gaiutra Bahadur is an award-winning journalist who writes frequently about literature, gender and migration. She is the author of Coolie Woman: The Odyssey of Indenture (University of Chicago Press, 2013), a narrative history about indentured women which was shortlisted for the 2014 Orwell Prize, the British literary award for political writing that is artful. The book won the 2014 Gordon and Sybil K. Lewis Prize, awarded by scholars of the Caribbean to the best book about the Caribbean published in the previous three years.

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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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NoViolet Bulawayo

NoViolet Bulawayo is the author of We Need New Names (May 2013) which has been recognized with the LA Times Book Prize Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, the Pen/Hemingway Award, the Etisalat Prize for Literature, the Barnes and Noble Discover Award (second place), and the National Book Foundation “5 Under 35” Fiction Selection. We Need New Names was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Guardian First Book Award, and selected to the The New York Times Notable Books of 2013 list, the Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers list, and others.

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Jean-Christophe Cloutier

Jean-Christophe Cloutier is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his PhD in 2013 from Columbia University where he also interned as an archivist for three years and processed the papers of Samuel Roth, Erica Jong, and Barney Rosset.

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Christian Ayne Crouch

Christian Ayne Crouch is Associate Professor of Historical Studies and American Studies at Bard College. She is the author of Nobility Lost: French and Canadian Martial Cultures, Indians, and the End of New France (Cornell University Press 2014) which received the 2015 Mary Alice and Philip Boucher Prize of the French Colonial Historical Society for the best book in French colonial history, 1600-1815.

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Petrina Dacres

Petrina Dacres is the Head of the Art History Department at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performance Art in Kingston, Jamaica.  She has served as a curator at the campus art gallery, the Cage,  at the National Museum, Jamaica and at the National Gallery of Jamaica.  She specialises in public sculpture, memory and memorial practices and Caribbean and Black Diaspora Art.  Her research has focused on Jamaican national history and public sculpture, the relationship between contemporary art, death and memory and recently, on the trope of Queen Victoria in the African diaspora.

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Dawn-Elissa Fischer

Dawn-Elissa Fischer is an Associate Professor of Africana Studies at San Francisco State University. Her publications reflect her research and activism. Dr. Fischer has served in an advisory role for a number of policy councils. She co-founded and continues to work with community based social justice and creative arts organizations, such as the Bay Area Hip Hop Research and Scholarship initiative. Dr. Fischer serves as an Associate Editor for FIRE!!! The Multimedia Journal of Black Studies.


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Nikki A. Greene

Nikki A. Greene is the Assistant Professor of the Arts of Africa and the African Diaspora in the Art Department at Wellesley College. Her book project,  Rhythms of Glue, Grease, Grime, and Glitter: The Body in Contemporary African American Art, featuring Romare Bearden, David Hammons, Renée Stout, and Radcliffe Bailey, considers the intersection between the body, African American identity, and the musical possibilities of the visual.

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Shaun Harper

Recognized in Education Week as one of the 12 most influential professors in the field of education, Shaun R. Harper conducts research on race and gender in education and social contexts, Black and Latino male student success in high school and higher education, and racial problems on college campuses. He is a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, where he founded and serves as executive director of the Center for the Study of Race & Equity in Education. Dr.

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Thomas Healy

Thomas Healy is a professor of law at Seton Hall Law School. His book The Great Dissent: How Oliver Wendell Holmes Changed His Mind – and Changed the History of Free Speech in America won the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, the Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award, and the New Jersey Council for the Humanities Book Award. It was also selected as a New York Times Book Review editor's choice and was named one of the fifteen best non-fiction books of 2013 by the Christian Science Monitor.

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John Jennings

John Jennings is an Associate Professor of Art and Visual Studies at the University at Buffalo-State University of New York.  His work centers around intersectional narratives regarding identity politics and popular media. Jennings is co-editor of the Eisner Award-winning nominated essay collection The Blacker the Ink: Constructions of Black Identity in Comics and Sequential Art and co-founder/organizer of The Schomburg Center's Black Comic Book Festival in Harlem.

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Marixa Lasso

Marixa Lasso is Associate Professor of Latin American History at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. Prior to joining the Universidad Nacional, she was Associate Professor with tenure at Case Western Reserve University. She is the author of the book Myths of Harmony: Race and Republicanism during the Age of Revolution, Colombia 1795-1831 (2007). Professor Lasso is a contributor to numerous books and has published in journals like the American Historical Review, Environmental History, and Citizenship Studies.

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Márcia Lima

Márcia Lima is Professor at the Department of Sociology, University of São Paulo, and focuses on racial inequality in her scholarship. She is also a senior researcher at CEBRAP [Brazilian Center for Analysis and Planning] and at CEM [Center for Metropolitan Studies], with projects linked to CEPID-FAPESP [Center for Research, Innovation, and Dissemination at the São Paulo Research Foundation].  She is the editor of the Brazilian Journal of Bibliographic Information on Social Sciences.

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Treva Lindsey

Dr. Treva Lindsey is an Associate Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at The Ohio State University.

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Xolela Mangcu

Xolela Mangcu is Professor of Sociology at the University of Cape Town.  He was the 2014 Oppenheimer Fellow at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University. Mangcu has been granted the 2015 Harry Oppenheimer Fellowship.  He has also been a fellow at The Brookings Institution, Rockefeller Foundation,  John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He holds a Ph.D.

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Ivor Miller

Ivor Miller is a cultural historian specializing in the African Diaspora in the Caribbean and the Americas. He was a Senior Fellow at the National Museum of African Art at the Smithsonian Institution (2011-2012), a Fulbright Scholar to Nigeria (2009-2011), and currently teaches in the Department of History and International Relations at the University of Calabar, Nigeria. His most recent book, “Voice of the Leopard: African Secret Societies and Cuba” (UP of Mississippi 2009/ CBAAC Lagos 2011) was awarded Honorable Mention by the Association for Africanist Anthropology.

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Ingrid Monson

Ingrid Monson is Quincy Jones Professor of African American music, supported by the Time Warner Endowment, and Interim Dean of Arts and Humanities at Harvard University.  She is a former chair of the Music Department, a Guggenheim fellow, and a Walter Channing Cabot Fellow of Harvard University.

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Jacqueline Rivers

Jacqueline C. Rivers has served as a lecturer at Harvard University and has presented at Princeton University, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Pennsylvania, the American Enterprise Institute, the Vatican, the United Nations and in several other venues. Her latest publication, co-authored with Harvard sociologist Orlando Patterson, appears in the volume The Cultural Matrix.

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Lorena Rizzo

I am a historian working on 19th and 20th century Namibia and South Africa, with a special interest in histories of photography in the subcontinent. I have published on visual history and theory; on Namibian gender and social history; and history, visuality and memory in South Africa and Namibia. I currently hold a position as a researcher and lecturer in the department of history at the University of Bielefeld, Germany.

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Candacy Taylor

Candacy Taylor is an award-winning African American author and cultural documentarian. Her first book, Counter Culture, was optioned by ABC television and in 2012, she was one of five people to receive an Archie Green Fellowship from the Library of Congress. Her work has been featured in over 40 media outlets including The New York Times, The Wall St. Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Guardian UK, NPR, BBC, CBC Radio and PBS.

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