Fellowship Program

The Fellowship 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 nearly 700 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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Fellows work in a range of fields and interests, including art and art history, Afro-Latin American research, design and the history of design, education, hiphop, African studies, the African diaspora, African American studies, literature, and creative writing.

Many former Fellows became major figures in the field, including George Frederickson (Stanford University), Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham (Harvard University), Nellie McKay (University of Wisconsin), Nell Irvin Painter (Princeton University), Arnold Rampersad (Stanford University), and Cornel West (Princeton University). Additionally, numerous scholars who came to the Institute as junior faculty members are now senior scholars in academic departments throughout the United States, and in Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy, Latin America, and several African countries.

A residential appointment at the Du Bois Institute offers considerable benefits to any scholar. We provide office space and a computer, use of a research assistant, and Fellows have full access to the extensive research and library resources of Harvard University. The Institute also houses the Image of the Black in Western Art archive and library, and a small reference library which is open to unlimited use during a Fellows’ term of appointment.

At the Du Bois Research Institute, scholars may pursue their research while interacting with other visiting scholars working at Harvard University. Fellows are expected to participate in a number of activities, including Fellows’ Workshops and, importantly, the weekly colloquium. Chaired by the Institute's Director, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., the colloquia  offer Fellows the opportunity to share their work with Institute colleagues, Harvard faculty, graduate students, and others. Colloquia also allow Harvard faculty and visitors to present work in progress, and we have hosted presentations by Wole Soyinka, A. Leon Higginbotham, Ira Berlin, Orlando Patterson, Jamaica Kincaid, Hazel V. Carby, Zadie Smith, and many others.

The colloquia occur every Wednesday between 12:00 noon and 1:30 p.m. during the academic year and take place in the Thompson Room on the first floor of the Barker Center. Each presentation lasts approximately an hour, followed by open discussion. Media facilities and staffing are available and Fellows are encouraged to take advantage of the media resources for their presentations. The Harvard community and the surrounding Cambridge and Boston communities are invited and are welcome to bring a lunch. Attendance is required of all Institute Fellows.

Du Bois Fellows also have the opportunity to meet scholars from other Harvard Fellows Programs, such as the Kennedy School of Government, the Center for International Affairs, the Center for the Study of Values in Public Life, the Center for the Study of World Religions, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the Humanities Center, the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, the Loeb Fellows of the Graduate School of Design, and the Nieman Foundation.

Announcing the 2022-2023 Fellows

The Hutchins Center for African & African American Research Announces its Tenth 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 at Harvard University has announced the 2022-2023 class of fellows.

“We are happy to welcome our next cohort of distinguished and dynamic W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute Fellows,” says Gates. “We look forward to an extraordinary range of artistic and scholarly work next academic year. A poetry collection, a musical, a transnational history of the Seminoles, belonging and justice in Caribbean visual and literary cultures, an album on Hiphop as an educational tool, a study of the slave market of colonial Guadalajara, artistic representations of Black grief, amateur ministrelsy, and the 1866 cholera epidemic and origin of public health as a field are among the innovative projects which the 2022-2023 Class of Fellows will be pursuing at the W. E. B Du Bois Research Institute, housed in the Hutchins Center.”

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2022-2023 Fellows

Bindman

David Bindman

Emeritus Professor of the History of Art, University College London
2022-2023: Image of the Black Archive & Library Fellow

David Bindman is Emeritus Durning-Lawrence Professor of the History of Art at University College London. Author of many distinguished...

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Mandy Izadi

Mandy Izadi

Broadbent Junior Research Fellow at the Rothermere American Institute & St. Edmund Hall, University of Oxford
2022-2023: Hutchins Family Fellow

Mandy M. Izadi is the W.E.B. DuBois Fellow at the Hutchins Center at Harvard University. Dr. Izadi’s research sits at the intersection of Indigenous...

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Aabid Allibhai

Aabid Allibhai

Doctoral Candidate in African & African American Studies, Harvard University
2022-2023: Dorothy Porter & Charles Harris Wesley Fellow

Aabid Allibhai is a PhD Candidate in the Department of African & African American Studies. His area of specialization is the history of the Black...

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David Augustine

David Augustine

Hiphop Artist
2022-2023: Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellow

David "Dee-1" Augustine is a Rapper, educator, activist, and business owner as well as an award-winning motivational speaker. He is the Billboard Top 10...

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Rhae Lynn Barnes

Rhae Lynn Barnes

Assistant Professor of American Cultural History, Princeton University
2022-2023: Sheila Biddle Ford Foundation Fellow

Rhae Lynn Barnes is Assistant Professor of American Cultural History at Princeton University and co-founder of...

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Celeste-Marie Bernier

Celeste-Marie Bernier

Professor in American Cultural History and Atlantic Studies, University of Edinburgh
Spring 2023: Sheila Biddle Ford Foundation Fellow

Celeste-Marie Bernier is Professor in American Cultural History and Atlantic Studies at the University of Edinburgh.

Bernier's...

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Bindman

David Bindman

Emeritus Professor of the History of Art, University College London
2022-2023: Image of the Black Archive & Library Fellow

David Bindman is Emeritus Durning-Lawrence Professor of the History of Art at University College London. Author of many distinguished...

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Kimberly Juanita Brown

Kimberly Juanita Brown

Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing, Dartmouth College
2022-2023: Richard D. Cohen Fellow

Kimberly Juanita Brown is Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth College. Her research engages the site of the visual as...

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Panashe Chigumadzi

Panashe Chigumadzi

Doctoral Candidate in African & African American Studies, Harvard University
2022-2023: Dorothy Porter & Charles Harris Wesley Fellow

Panashe Chigumadzi is a doctoral candidate at Harvard University’s Departments of African and African American Studies and History. She is an award-...

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John J. Clegg

John J. Clegg

Postdoctoral Fellow in Economic History, Lund University
Fall 2022: Hutchins Family Fellow

John J. Clegg is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Economic History at Lund University.

For his fellowship project, Clegg will work on the...

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Jorge Delgadillo Núñez

Jorge Delgadillo Núñez

Chancellor’s Advance Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Irvine
2022-2023: SlaveVoyages Postdoctoral Fellow

Jorge Delgadillo is an historian of race, slavery and the African diaspora in Mexico and the Atlantic world at large.

Delgadillo will...

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Jim Downs

Jim Downs

Gilder Lehrman-National Endowment for the Humanities Professor of Civil War Era Studies and History, Gettysburg College
2022-2023: Shelia Biddle Ford Foundation Fellow

Jim Downs is the Gilder Lehrman-National Endowment for the Humanities Professor of Civil War Era Studies and History at Gettysburg College....

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Reighan Gillam

Reighan Gillam

Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Southern California
Fall 2022: Mark Claster Mamolen Fellow

Reighan Gillam is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Southern California. She is a host on the New Books Network...

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Mandy Izadi

Mandy Izadi

Broadbent Junior Research Fellow at the Rothermere American Institute & St. Edmund Hall, University of Oxford
2022-2023: Hutchins Family Fellow

Mandy M. Izadi is the W.E.B. DuBois Fellow at the Hutchins Center at Harvard University. Dr. Izadi’s research sits at the intersection of Indigenous...

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Nancy Jacobs

Nancy Jacobs

Professor of History, Brown University
Spring 2023: Hutchins Family Fellow

Nancy Jacobs is Professor of History at Brown University and an elected fellow of the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society (IBES). She...

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Rashauna R. Johnson

Rashauna R. Johnson

Associate Professor of History, University of Chicago
2022-2023: Hutchins Family Fellow

Rashauna Johnson is a proud New Orleanian and an award-winning historian of slavery and emancipation in the African diaspora. She is especially interested...

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Dr. View

Stevie Johnson

Hiphop Artist and Scholar
Spring 2023: Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellow

Stevie “Dr. View” Johnson is a producer, DJ, and scholar practitioner from Longview, TX. He received his doctorate in Higher Education Administration from...

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Tamary Kudita

Tamary Kudita

Fine Art Photographer
Spring 2023: J. M. D. Manyika Fellow

A product of dual heritage, Tamary Kudita was born in Zimbabwe whilst her ancestry can be traced back to the Orange Free State, historical Boer state in...

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Moody-Turner

Shirley Moody-Turner

Associate Professor of English and African American Studies, Pennsylvania State University
Spring 2023: Sheila Biddle Ford Foundation Fellow

Shirley Moody-Turner is Associate professor of English and African American Studies at Pennsylvania State University. Her...

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Jeffrey Murray

Jeffrey Murray

Senior Lecturer in the School of Languages and Literatures, University of Cape Town
Fall 2022: Mandela Fellow

Jeffrey Murray is Senior Lecturer in Classics in the School of Languages and Literatures at the University of Cape Town. His research focuses on Latin...

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Antônia Gabriela Araújo

Antônia Gabriela Pereira

Coordinator at "Biblioteca e Centro Cultural Preto Casa Futuro," Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Spring 2023: Mark Claster Mamolen Fellow

Antonia Gabriela Pereira has a doctorate in Social Anthropology from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ/Museu Nacional). Her interests include...

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Faith Smith

Faith Smith

Associate Professor of African and African American Studies, and English, Brandeis University
Fall 2022: Hutchins Family Fellow

Faith Smith is Associate Professor of African and African American Studies and English at Brandeis University. Her teaching and research interests...

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Paul Tiyambe Zeleza

Paul Tiyambe Zeleza

Associate Provost and North Star Distinguished Professor, Case Western Reserve University
2022-2023: W. E. B. Du Bois Fellow

Paul Tiyambe Zeleza is Associate Provost and North Star Distinguished Professor at Case Western Reserve University.

For the fellowshi...

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