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.
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.