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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Wlamyra Albuquerque

Wlamyra Albuquerque is Professor of History at the Federal University of Bahia, Brazil.  She earned a Doctorate in Social History at the University of Campinas (UNICAMP), São Paulo, Brazil. She is the co-editor of Afro-Asia Review. She is also the co-author with  Walter Fraga Filho of  O jogo da dissimulação. Abolição e cidadania negra no Brasil ( The Game of Dissimulation: Abolition and Black Citizenship in Brazil).

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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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Floretta Boonzaier

Floretta Boonzaier is Associate Professor in Psychology at the University of Cape Town. Her work spans feminist, critical, social and post-colonial psychologies, with special interests in intersectional subjectivities, youth subjectivites, gendered and sexual identifications, participatory methodologies and gender-based violence.

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Regina N. Bradley

Regina N. Bradley is Assistant Professor of African American Literature at Armstrong State University. She earned her doctorate in African American Literature from Florida State University, a Masters in African American and African Diaspora Studies from Indiana University Bloomington, and is a third generation graduate from the Unsinkable Albany State University (GA). Dr. Bradley writes about post-Civil Rights African American literature, the contemporary Black American South, pop culture, race and sound, and Hip Hop.

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Vincent Brown

Multi-media historian Vincent Brown is Charles Warren Professor of History and Professor of African and African-American Studies and is the Director of the History Design Studio at Harvard University.  His research, writing, teaching, and other creative endeavors are focused on the political dimensions of cultural practice in the African Diaspora, with a particular emphasis on the early modern Atlantic world.  A native of Southern California, he was educated at the University of California, San Diego, and received his PhD in History from Duke University, where he also trained in the theory and craft of film and video making.

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Anmol Chaddha

Anmol Chaddha studies the political economy of racial and economic inequality, social policy, and urban policy. His current research examines how credit and debt have come to perform the functions of welfare policy, in the context of rising inequality and a weakened social safety net. Through analysis of social programs, redistributive policy, and household debt, his research examines of how increasing inequality and the transformation of social policy are tied to the expansion of credit and the central role of debt in maintaining well-being.

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Kerry Chance

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.

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Wallace Chuma

Wallace Chuma is Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Film and Media Studies, University of Cape Town. He holds a PhD (Journalism & Media Studies) from the University of the Witwatersrand, and degrees in English and Communication from the University of Zimbabwe (UZ). Dr. Chuma is a former journalist and editor in Zimbabwe, and spent time at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pennsylvania, US) as Alfred Friendly Press Fellow. He co-edited Media Policy in a Changing Southern Africa, (published by UNISA Press) and authored several peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters.

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Beekan Guluma Erena

Beekan Guluma Erena was born in April 24, 1984 at West Oromia, East Wollega zone, in a district called Nunu Kumba. He was born in a very extended family. His father had three wives of which Beekan's mother was the third. Finally, he had 16 children from those three wives. There were only few children that got educational opportunity. Most of them remained farmers.  Beekan faced many ups and downs of life due to the number of his brothers and sisters and unbalance of resource with the number of family households.

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Shahira Fahmy

Shahira Fahmy (1974, Cairo) founded Shahira Fahmy Architects (SFA) in Cairo, 2005. Through a series of award-winning design projects and buildings, Shahira Fahmy has created an international reputation as a member of a new generation of architects that combine shrewd analysis, playful experimentation, and social responsibility. SFA has received numerous awards including the World Architecture Festival Residential Award, the MIPIM Residential Development Award, The International Mimar Sinan Prize, and the Green Good Design Award by The Chicago Athenaeum.

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Cheryl Finley

Trained in the History of Art and African American Studies at Yale University, Cheryl Finley is Associate Professor and Director of Visual Studies in the Department of the History of Art at Cornell University. Her prolific critical attention to photography has produced the coauthored publications Teenie Harris, Photographer: An American Story (Carnegie Museum of Art, 2011), winner, Outstanding Citation Publication Award, Black Caucus of the Library Association of America, 2012, Harlem: A Century in Images (Skira Rizzoli, 2010), and Diaspora, Memory, Place: David Hammons, Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Pamela Z (Prestel, 2008) as well as numerous catalog essays and journal articles on artists such as Lorna Simpson, Hank Willis Thomas, Walker Evans, Joy Gregory, Carrie Mae Weems, and Berenice Abbott.

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Victor Fowler

Victor Fowler is one of the most important writers of his generation. Born in 1960 to an Afro-Cuban family, he belongs to the first generation of writers born in Revolutionary Cuba. This was the generation that was supposed to provide the nation with what Che Guevara called the “new man.” In reality, this expectation was not fulfilled—few adopted the morals of Revolutionary life out of disinterested altruism. In fact, most of the writers of Fowler’s generation have gone into exile.

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Roshan Galvaan

Roshan Galvaan is an Associate professor in the Department of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Cape Town. She is also currently the Head of Division of Occupational Therapy. In her PhD, she explored the occupational choices of young black youth in South Africa, showing how identity, power and agency is negotiated through occupational choices within oppressive structures.

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Sharon Harley

Dr. Sharon Harley, Associate Professor in the African American Studies Department at the University of Maryland, College Park, researches and teaches black women’s labor history and racial and gender politics. A leading scholar in the field of black women’s history, Dr. Harley is recognized as one of the top pioneer scholars in the field and as is one of 22 black female historians highlighted in the MSNBC's root.com gallery feature, “Keepers of Black Women’s History.”

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Kellie Jones

Dr. Kellie Jones is Associate Professor in Art History and Archaeology and the Institute for Research in African American Studies (IRAAS) at Columbia University. Her research interests include African American and African Diaspora artists, Latino/a and Latin American Artists, and issues in contemporary art and museum theory.

Dr. Jones has received numerous awards for her work including a Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant and a term as Scholar-in-Residence at the Terra Foundation for American Art in Europe in Giverny, France, both in 2013.

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Bettina L. Love

Dr. Bettina L. Love is an award-winning author and Associate Professor of Educational Theory & Practice at the University of Georgia. Her research focuses on the ways in which urban youth negotiate Hip Hop music and culture to form social, cultural, and political identities to create new and sustaining ways of thinking about urban education and social justice. She also concentrates on transforming urban classrooms through the use of non-traditional educational curricula and classroom structures. Recently, Dr. Love was named the Nasir Jones Fellow at the W. E. B. Du Bois Research Center at Harvard University.

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Christopher "Dasan Ahanu" Massenburg

Dasan Ahanu is a artist, educator, and organizer living in Durham, North Carolina. In addition to performing, Dasan has hosted or coordinated many poetry, jazz, Hip Hop, and cultural arts events. He has founded cultural and performing arts organizations in North Carolina. He has been featured on national radio and TV and has published two books of poetry.  He has also released a number of Hip Hop and Spokenword recordings.

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Sanyu A. Mojola

Sanyu A. Mojola is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Colorado-Boulder.  Her work examines the social structural production, maintenance and reduction of health disparities in the context of the HIV pandemic as it unfolds in various settings such as Kenya, South Africa and the United States.  Her book “Love, Money and HIV: Becoming a Modern African Woman in the Age of AIDS” (University of California Press) won the 2015 Distinguished Book Award from the Sex and Gender Section of the American Sociological Association.

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Jonathan Rieder

Jonathan Rieder is Professor of Sociology, Barnard College and a member of the graduate faculty, Columbia University. His most recent books are Gospel of Freedom: Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Letter From Birmingham Jail and the Struggle That Changed a Nation (Bloomsbury, 2013) and The Word of the Lord Is upon Me: The Righteous Performance of Martin Luther King, Jr. (Harvard University Press, 2008).

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Silvia Valero

Silvia Valero is a Professor of Latin American and Caribbean Literature at the Universidad de Cartagena, Colombia. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Modern Literature at Universidad Nacional de Córdoba (Argentina); her MA in Hispanic Literature at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Colombia) and her Ph.D. in Literature at Université de Montréal, Canada. Her book Mirar atrás. La importancia del pasado en los relatos de nación y negritud  en la literatura afrocubana de entre-siglos (2014)  (Looking back. The relevance of the past in stories of nation and blackness in the between-centuries Afro-Cuban literature) is a study about the racial self-identification and the construction of new and different imagined communities through Cuban writers’ literary production, between 1990 and 2005.

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Mark R. Warren

Mark R. Warren is Associate Professor of Public Policy and Public Affairs at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He studies and works with community and youth organizing groups seeking to promote equity and justice in education, community development and American democratic life. Mark is the author of several books, including Dry Bones Rattling: Community Building to Revitalize American Democracy, Fire in the Heart: How White Activists Embrace Racial Justice, and A Match on Dry Grass: Community Organizing as a Catalyst for School Reform.

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