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 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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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.

I liked every single minute of my time here. I liked the staff professionalism, the Wednesday lunches and colloquium; the various events.
 

I had a wonderful time. I thought the fellowship struck a great balance between independent work and group activities. I could not have asked for more or better. I want to thank the staff in particular for being so attentive and nice, and Skip for setting a wonderful tone. 
 

There were plenty of opportunities to engage other scholars and Harvard, and Skip was incredibly generous with his time.
 

I liked  the office space, the proximity to the library, and the many opportunities to informally swap work with.
 

I really enjoyed time with the fellows, and the food!
 

On the Fellows’ Colloquia:  These were the most informative, educational and well-presented talks I have ever come across in a scholarly community.
 

I had the opportunity to attend amazing events.

Announcing the 2018-2019 Fellows

The Hutchins Center for African & African American Research Announces its Sixth 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, welcomes twenty-three Fellows for the 2018-2019 academic year.

“We are happy to welcome yet another class of scholars and artists engaged in timely and exciting work,” says Gates. “Images of the Black in Latin America and the Caribbean, political rap music and racial attitudes, Black women’s root-working traditions, Black mariners and eighteenth-century slavery, a novel about 9th Cavalry Buffalo soldiers, Ancient Egypt and race in visual culture, the origins of convict leasing, the gender politics of Black publishing, and Caribbean youth and police surveillance are among the extraordinary, important projects which the incoming fellows will be pursuing and presenting at the W. E. B Du Bois Research Institute, housed in the Hutchins Center.”

2018-2019 Fellows

Bindman

David Bindman

Emeritus Professor of the History of Art, University College London
Fall 2018: Image of the Black in Western Art Fellow
David Bindman is Emeritus Professor of the History of Art, University College London. As the Image of the Black in Western Art Fellow for Fall 2018, he will... Read more about David Bindman
Lwazi Lushaba

Lwazi Lushaba

Lecturer in Political Studies at the University of Cape Town
Spring 2019: Mandela Fellow
Lwazi Lushaba is Lecturer in Political Studies at the University of Cape Town. As the Mandela Fellow for Spring 2019, he will work in the areas of ... Read more about Lwazi Lushaba
Shirley Moody-Turner

Shirley Moody-Turner

Associate Professor of English and African American Studies at Pennsylvania State University
Spring 2019: Hutchins Fellow
Shirley Moody-Turner is Associate Professor of English and African American Studies at Pennsylvania State University. As a Hutchins Fellow for Spring 2019, she... Read more about Shirley Moody-Turner

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Bindman

David Bindman

Emeritus Professor of the History of Art, University College London
Fall 2018: Image of the Black in Western Art Fellow
David Bindman is Emeritus Professor of the History of Art, University College London. As the Image of the Black in Western Art Fellow for Fall 2018, he will... Read more about David Bindman
Kinitra Brooks

Kinitra Brooks

Audrey and John Leslie Endowed Chair in Literary Studies in the Department of English at Michigan State University
2018-2019: Advancing Equity Through Research Fellow

Kinitra Brooks is the Audrey and John Leslie Endowed Chair in Literary Studies in the...

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Huey Copeland

Huey Copeland

Associate Professor of Art History at Northwestern University
Spring 2019: Cohen Fellow
Huey Copeland is Associate Professor of Art History at Northwestern University. As a Cohen Fellow for Spring 2019, he will work on In the Shadow of the ... Read more about Huey Copeland
Robyn d'Avignon

Robyn d’Avignon

Assistant Professor of African History at New York University
2018-2019: McMillan-Stewart Fellow

Robyn d’Avignon is Assistant Professor of African History at New York University. She received her Ph.D. in the Program in Anthropology and History at the...

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Pablo D. Herrera Veitia

Pablo D. Herrera Veitia

Social Anthropology PhD Candidate at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland
Afro-Cuba Hiphop Producer
2018-2019: Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellow

Pablo D. Herrera Veitia is an Afro-Cuban Hiphop producer who has also managed urban musicians and music-related projects in Cuba for over twenty years. He...

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Mary Hicks

Mary Hicks

Assistant Professor of Black Studies and History at Amherst College
2018-2019: Mamolen Fellow

Mary Hicks is an Assistant Professor of Black Studies and History at Amherst College...

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Peter Hulme

Peter Hulme

Emeritus Professor of Literature at the University of Essex
Fall 2018: Stuart Hall Fellow
Peter Hulme is Emeritus Professor in Literature at the University of Essex, where he taught for 40 years.  His most recent book, The Dinner at... Read more about Peter Hulme
Rumbi Katedza

Rumbi Katedzais

Lecturer in Film, TV and Radio Practice at the University of Zimbabwe
Fall 2018: Manyika Fellow

Rumbi Katedza is a Zimbabwean filmmaker and writer, who has lived in the USA, Japan, Italy, Canada, the UK and Zimbabwe....

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Antonia Lant

Antonia Lant

Professor of Cinema Studies at New York University
Spring 2019: Cohen Fellow

Antonia Lant is Professor of Cinema Studies at New York University. As a Cohen fellow for Spring 2019, she will work on Ancient Egypt and Race in...

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Lwazi Lushaba

Lwazi Lushaba

Lecturer in Political Studies at the University of Cape Town
Spring 2019: Mandela Fellow
Lwazi Lushaba is Lecturer in Political Studies at the University of Cape Town. As the Mandela Fellow for Spring 2019, he will work in the areas of ... Read more about Lwazi Lushaba
Shirley Moody-Turner

Shirley Moody-Turner

Associate Professor of English and African American Studies at Pennsylvania State University
Spring 2019: Hutchins Fellow
Shirley Moody-Turner is Associate Professor of English and African American Studies at Pennsylvania State University. As a Hutchins Fellow for Spring 2019, she... Read more about Shirley Moody-Turner
Matthew Morrison

Matthew D. Morrison

Assistant Professor at the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music
2018-2019: Hutchins Fellow
Matthew D. Morrison, a native of Charlotte, North Carolina, is an Assistant Professor in the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded... Read more about Matthew D. Morrison
Akua Naru

Akua Naru

Hiphop Artist
2018-2019: Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellow
Akua Naru is a Hiphop Artist. As a Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellow at the Hiphop Archive Research Institute for the 2018-2019 academic year, she will be at work on... Read more about Akua Naru
Hutchins Center

Oluwasegun Romeo Oriogun

Poet
Spring 2019: Institute of International Education Artist Protection Fund Fellow and Harvard Scholar at Risk Fellow
Oluwasegun Romeo Oriogun is a Nigerian poet. As an Institute of International Education Artist Protection Fund Fellow and the Harvard Scholars at Risk Fellow... Read more about Oluwasegun Romeo Oriogun
Christopher Ouma

Christopher Ouma

Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Cape Town
Fall 2018: Mandela Fellow

Christopher Ouma holds a Doctorate from the Department of African Literature at University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. He is a...

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Giuseppe Pipitone

Giuseppe Pipitone

Hiphop scholar
Spring 2019: Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellow
Giuseppe Pipitone is a Hiphop scholar. As the Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellow at the Hiphop Archive Research Institute, he will be at work on How's Life in... Read more about Giuseppe Pipitone
Michael Ralph

Michael Ralph

Associate Professor in Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University
Fall 2018: Sheila Biddle Ford Foundation Fellow

Michael Ralph is Associate Professor in the Department of Social and Cultural...

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Leah Wright Rigueur

Leah Wright Rigueur

Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the Kennedy School at Harvard University
Fall 2018: Sheila Biddle Ford Foundation Fellow

Leah Wright Rigueur is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She...

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Rinehart

Nicholas Rinehart

Doctoral candidate in English at Harvard University
Spring 2019: Porter Fellow
Nicholas Rinehart is a doctoral candidate in English at Harvard University. As the Porter Fellow for Spring 2019, he will be at work on Narrative Events:... Read more about Nicholas Rinehart
Beatriz Marcheco-Teruel

Beatriz Marcheco Teruel

Professor and Senior Researcher at the National Center of Medical Genetics in Havana, Cuba
Spring 2019: Hutchins Fellow
Beatriz Marcheco Teruel is Professor and Senior Researcher at the National Center of Medical Genetics in Havana, Cuba. As a Hutchins Fellow for Spring 2019,... Read more about Beatriz Marcheco Teruel
Derron Wallace

Derron Wallace

Assistant Professor of Education and Sociology at Brandeis University
Spring 2019: Stuart Hall Fellow
Derron Wallace is Assistant Professor of Education and Sociology at Brandeis University. As the Stuart Hall Fellow for Spring 2019, he will be at work on... Read more about Derron Wallace
Jessica Welburn Paige

Jessica Welburn Paige

Assistant Professor of Sociology and African American Studies at the University of Iowa
Fall 2018: Sheila Biddle Ford Foundation Fellow

Jessica Welburn Paige is an assistant professor of Sociology and African American Studies at...

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