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Fellows are listed by (1) fellowship year; (2) institutional affiliation (at the time of the fellowship); (3) funding source; and 4) project title.

 

Past Fellows, 1983-2017

 

2016-2017


Tiffany Gill, Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Delaware [National Endowment for the Humanities/Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation Fellow]
Civil Rights on Vacation

Kim Hall, Professor, Department of Africana Studies / English, Barnard College [National Endowment for the Humanities/Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation Fellow]
Othello Is My Grandfather: Race and Shakespeare in the African Diaspora

Arun Kundnani, Adjunct Professor, Department of Media, Culture and Communication, New York University [Ford Foundation/Mellon Foundation Fellow]
Rap: An American Life - A Biography of H. Rap Brown/Jamil al-Amin

Candacy Taylor, Independent Scholar [Ford Foundation Fellow]
Sites of Sanctuary: the Negro Motorist Green Book

Laura Ann Twagira, Assistant Professor, Department of History, Wesleyan University [Ford Foundation Fellow]
Taste of Development: Women Re-Engineering the Foodscape in 20th Century Rural Mali

Shannen Williams, Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Tennessee [Ford Foundation Fellow]
Subversive Habits:  Black Nuns and the Long Struggle to Desegregate

Anthony DiLorenzo, Ph.D, Department of History, Loyola University, Chicago [Lapidus Center Fellow]
Transatlantic Radicalism and Antislavery Politics in New York City

Philip Misevich, Assistant Professor, Department of History, St. John's University [Lapidus Center Fellow]
On the Frontier of "Freedom:" Abolition and the Transformation of Atlantic Commerce in Southern Sierra Leone

Conor Tomas Reed, Ph.D Candidate, Department of History, CUNY Graduate Center [CUNY/Mellon Dissertation Fellow]
Free CUNY, Free NYC: Movement Composition, Literatures, and Pedagogies at the City College of New York, 1960-1980

Timothy Griffiths, Ph.D Candidate, Department of English, CUNY Graduate Center [CUNY Dissertation Fellow, funded by an ACLS Dissertation Fellowship]
Bricolage Propriety: The Queer Practice of Black Uplist, 1890-1905

 

2015-2016


Sylvia Chan-Malik, Assistant Professor, American Studies and Women's and Gender Studies, Rutgers University-New Brunswick [National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow]
A Part of Islam:  U.S. Muslim Women and the Question of Race

Soyika Diggs Colbert, Associate Professor, Department of Theater and Performance Studies / African American Studies, Georgetown University [National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow]
Lorraine Hansberry: Artist-Activist

Kaiama Glover, Associate Professor, Department of French / Africana Studies, Barnard College, Columbia University [National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow]
In the Same Boats:  Toward An Afro-American Intellectual History: A Digital Project

Tsitsi Jaji, Associate Professor, Department of English, University of Pennsylvania [National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow]
Cassava Westerns: Refiguring the American Frontier Myth in Global Black Imaginaries

C. Riley Snorton, . Assistant Professor, Department of Africana Studies / Feminist, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Cornell University [National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow]
Embodied Legacies: Blackness and the Remaking of Trans History

Sonia Sanchez, Independant Scholar [Schomburg Center/Columbia U. Institute for Research in African American Studies Fellow]
Watch My Language: A Memoir

Caree Banton, Department of History and African & African American Studies, University of Arkansas [Lapidus Center Fellow]
More Auspicious Shores: Post-emancipation Barbadian Emigrants in Pursuit of Freedom: Citizenship, and Nationhood in Liberia, 1834-1912

Nicole Wright, Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of Colorado at Boulder [Lapidus Center Fellow]
Hue and Cry for Justice: Race, Emotion, and Legal Agency in Proslavery Fiction

Jeff Diamant, Ph.D Candidate, Department of History, CUNY Graduate Center [CUNY/Mellon Dissertation Fellow]
Saudi Arabian Influence on African-American Muslims: Transnational Transformations in Islam from 1975 to 2000

Adrianna Campbell, Ph.D Candidate, Department of Art History, CUNY Graduate Center [CUNY/Mellon Dissertation Fellow]
Norman Lewis: Linearity, Pedagogy and Activism in his Abstract Expressionism, 1946-1964.

 

2014-2015


Myra Young Armstead,. Professor of History, Bard College [National Endowment for the Humanities/Ford Foundation Fellow]
Progressive Public History in Harlem

Rashad Shabazz. Assistant Professor, Geography, University of Vermont [National Endowment for the Humanities/Ford Foundation Fellow]
Mapping Black Sexuality: A Spatial History of Black Gay Pride

Rafia Zafar, Professor, English, Washington University, St. Louis [National Endowment for the Humanities/Ford Foundation Fellow]
Recipes for Respect

Devyn Spence Benson, Assistant Professor of History & African and African American Studies, Louisiana State University [Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow]
Not Blacks, but Citizens: Race and Revolution in Cuba, 1959-1978

James Smethurst, Professor, Afro-American Studies, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth [Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow]
Behold the Land: The Black Arts Movement in the South 1963-1985

John Perpener, Independent Scholar [Schomburg Center Fellow]
Political and Social Activism in African-American Concert Dance:  Eleo Pomare

 

2013-2014


Belinda Edmondson, Professor, Departments of English and African-American & African Studies,Rutgers University, Newark [National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow]
Early Caribbean Dialect Literature and the Performance, 1874-1920

Raphael Dalleo, Associate Professor, Department of English, Florida Atlantic University [National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow]
The U.S. Occupation of Haiti and the Rise of Caribbean Literature, 1915-1950

Andrew J. Rosa, Assistant Professor, Department of History, Oklahoma State University [National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow]
Shadows of Empire: Black Intellectuals and the Struggle Over African Studies

YarimarBonilla, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Rutgers University, New Brunswick [Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow]
Guadeloupe is Ours

Salamishah Tillet, Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of Pennsylvania [Ford Foundation Fellow]
The World Nina Simone Made: The Story of a Sonic Radical

Jessica A. Krug, Assistant Professor, Department of History, George Washington University [Ford Foundation Fellow]
Fugitive Modernities: Politics Outside the State in Kisama, Angola, and the Americas, c. 1500-1698

 

2012-2013


Zakiya Renecia Adair, Assistant Professor, Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, University of Missouri [National Endowment for the Humanities/Ford Foundation Fellow]
Negotiating Spectacle: Black Women Vaudeville Performers and Trans-Atlantic Theatre, 1920-1935

Marisa Joanna Fuentes, Assistant Professor, Department of Women’s Studies and History, Rutgers University, New Brunswick [National Endowment for the Humanities/Ford Foundation Fellow]
"The Archives of Slavery: Gender, Power and Sexuality in the Eighteenth-Century Urban Caribbean"

David Goldberg, Assistant Professor, Department of Africana Studies, Wayne State University [National Endowment for the Humanities/Mellon Foundation Fellow]
“Courage Under Fire: African Americans and the FDNY

Regine O. Jackson,Assistant Professor, Institute of the Liberal Arts, Emory University [National Endowment for the Humanities/Mellon Foundation Fellow]
"Diasporic Subjects: Haitian Émigrés in Postcolonial Congo"

Nancy Raquel Mirabal, Associate Professor, Department of Latina/o Studies, San Francisco State University [National Endowment for the Humanities/Newhouse Foundation Fellow]
‘"Echando Pleito‘: El Club Julio Antonio Mella, El Club Cubano lnter-Americano and the Emergence of Diasporic Afro-Cubanidades."

Kevin Meehan, Professor, Department of English, University of Central Florida [National Endowment for the Humanities/Newhouse Foundation Fellow]
“Translating Léon-Gontran Damas: Selected Prose Writings and Decolonization”

Natasha J. Lightfoot, Assistant Professor, History Department, Columbia University [Independent Fellow, funded by Ford Foundation Fellowship]

 

2011-2012


Lisa Collins, Associate Professor, Department of Art History and Africana, Vassar College [National Endowment for the Humanities/Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow]
The Art of African American Folklore

Ryan James Kernan, Assistant Professor, Department of English, Rutgers University [National Endowment for the Humanities/Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow]
Black Translation: An Internationalist Portrait of Langston Hughes and the Rise of Black Radicalism

Esther Lezra, Assistant Professor, Department of Global and International Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara [National Endowment for the Humanities/Ford Foundation Fellow]
Writers and Fighters and Makers of Freedom

Kevin McGruder Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of African and African American Studies, Lehman College [National Endowment for the Humanities/Ford Foundation Fellow]
Race and Real Estate: Interracial Conflict and Coexistence in Harlem, 1890-1920

Adrienne Petty, Assistant Professor, Department of History, City College of New York, CUNY [National Endowment for the Humanities /Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation Fellow]
Standing Their Ground: The Struggle of Black Farm Owners in the Tobacco South

Millery Polyne, Assistant Professor, Gallatin School of Individualized Study, New York University [National Endowment for the Humanities /Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation Fellow]
A Better Destiny: Human Rights, Caribbean Exiles and Dictatorship During the Cold War

James de Jongh, Professor Emeritus, City College of New York / CUNY Graduate Center [Independent Fellow]
Historical Dictionary of African American Literature

Giselle Liza Anatol, Associate Professor, Department of English, University of Kansas [Schomburg Center Fellow (Short-Term)]
The Things That Fly in the Night: Female Vampirism in Literature of the African Diaspora

Kristen Stromberg Childers, Adjunct Professor, Department of History, Temple University [Schomburg Center Fellow (Short-Term)]
Seeking Imperialism's Embrace: National Identity, Decolonization and Assimilation in the French Caribbean

Shane Graham, Associate Professor, Department of English, Utah State University [Schomburg Center Fellow (Short-Term)]
Langston Hughes, Cosmopolitanism, and Black Atlantic Literature

Lorelle Denise Semley, Assistant Professor, Department of History, College of the Holy Cross [Schomburg Center Fellow (Short-Term)]
Free and French: The Challenge of Black Citizenship to French Colonial Empire 

 

2010-2011


Dennis R. Childs, Assistant Professor, Department of Literature, University of California, San Diego [National Endowment for the Humanities/Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow]
Formations of Neoslavery

Robin J. Hayes, Assistant Professor, Department of Ethnic Studies/Political Science, Santa Clara University [National Endowment for the Humanities/Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow]
A Diasporic Underground: African Liberation and Black Power, 1957-1994

Miriam Jimenez Roman, Visiting Scholar, Department of Africana Studies/Social & Cultural Analysis, New York University [National Endowment for the Humanities/Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow]
Shifting Affinities: Afro-Latin@s in New York City, 1900-1945

Walton Muyumba, Associate Professor, Department of English, University of North Texas [National Endowment for the Humanities/Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow]
Artistry of a Different Kind: John Edgar Widemen’s Improvised Literary Aesthetics

Ousmane Power-Greene, Assistant Professor, Department of History, Clark University [National Endowment for the Humanities/Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow]
Leaves Torn From the Diary of a Critic: Hubert Harrison and the New Negro Movement

 

2009-2010


M. Thomas J. Desch-Obi, Assistant Professor, Department of History, Baruch College, CUNY [National Endowment for the Humanities/Ford Foundation Fellow]
Sugar: Movement, Masculinity, and the Sweet Science in Africa and the African Diaspora

Sandra Caona Duvivier, Assistant Professor, Department of English, James Madison University [National Endowment for the Humanities/Ford Foundation Fellow]
Blurring the Borders: Trans-American and Metaphysical Kinship in Erna Brodber’s ‘Louisiana’

Myisha Tandika Priest, Assistant Professor, Department of English, Santa Clara University [National Endowment for the Humanities/Ford Foundation Fellow]
How I wish I Could Live on That Shore: African American Literature and the Culture of the Antebellum Waterways

Eric Darnell Pritchard, Assistant Professor, Department of Rhetoric & Writing/African American Studies, The University of Texas at Austin [National Endowment for the Humanities/Ford Foundation Fellow]
Black Queer Literacies

Sherie M. Randolph, Assistant Professor, Department of History and Center for Afro-American & African Studies, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor [National Endowment for the Humanities/Ford Foundation Fellow]
Black Feminist in White America: Floryance “Flo” Kennedy and Black Feminist Politics in Postwar America

Robyn Geanne Spencer, Assistant Professor, Department of History, Lehman College [National Endowment for the Humanities/Ford Foundation Fellow]
No Justice, No Peace: African Americans Against Vietnam

 

2008-2009


Carolyn Anderson Brown, Associate Professor, Department of History, Rutgers University [National Endowment for the Humanities/Ford Foundation Fellow]
Militant Mineworkers, Respectable Clerks and Unruly Youth: Honor and Urban Masculinity in the Radicalization of Enugu Nigeria 1939-1955

Jerry Bruce Gershenhorn, Associate Professor, Department of History, North Carolina Central University, Durham [National Endowment for the Humanities/Ford Foundation Fellow]
The Freedom of Africa Depends on Us: African American Scholars and the Development of African Studies Programs in the US, 1942-1960

Anthony S. Foy, Assistant Professor, Department of English Literature, Swarthmore College [National Endowment for the Humanities/Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation Fellow]
Black Ideography: Autobiography, Ideology, Image

Carla Maria Guerron-Montero, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Delaware [National Endowment for the Humanities/Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation Fellow]
Like an Alien in We Own Land: Tourism and the Construction of National and Transnational Afro-Antillean Identities in Panama

Carter A. Mathes, Assistant Professor, Department of English, Rutgers University, New Brunswick [National Endowment for the Humanities/Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow]
Imagine the Sound: Black Radicalism and Experimental Form in Post-1965 African-American Literary Culture

Laurie A. Woodard, Lecturer, Department of African American Studies and History, Yale University [National Endowment for the Humanities/Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow]
Astonishingly Pretty for a Real Negro Girl: Resistance, Identity, and Meaning in the life and work of Fredi Washington during the New Negro Renaissance, 1920-1950

 

2007-2008


Johanna Fernandez, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of History, Carnegie Mellon University [National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow]
When the World was their Stage: The Young Lords and the 1960s

Kali Nicole Gross, Assistant Professor, Department of History & Politics, Drexel University [National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow]
Mary Hannah Tubbs, Murderess: A Case Study of Social Violence, 1887

Shannon King, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Oregon [National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow]
Home to Harlem: Community, Gender, and Working-Class Politics in Harlem, New York, 1916-1928

 Evie Shockley, Assistant Professor, Department of English, Rutgers University, New Brunswick [National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow]
Renegade Poetics: Black Aesthetics and Formal Innovation in African American Poetry

Nicole R. Fleetwood, Assistant Professor, Department of American Studies, Rutgers University [National Endowment for the Humanities/Ford Foundation Fellow]
In the Light: Visuality, Gender and the Discourse of Blackness

Ivor Lynn Miller, Visiting Research Faculty, Department of African Studies Center, Boston University [National Endowment for the Humanities/Samuel I. Newhouse Fellow]
West African Ekpe and Cuban Abakua: A CrossRiver Basin Diaspora in the Caribbean

 

2006-2007


Barbara Krauthamer, Assistant Professor, Department of History, New York University [National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow]
Runaway Slave Women: Race, Gender and Freedom in the American Southeast, 1730-1840

Malinda Alaine Lindquist, Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Minnesota, Twins Cities [National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow]
The Gender of Racial Science: Modern Black Manhood and its Making, 1890-2000

Raphael Chijioke Njoku, Assistant Professor, Department of Pan African Studies/History, University of Louisville [National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow]
African Masks and Masquerades: A Comparative Study of Symbols and Meaning of African Masquerades and Carnivals of the Diaspora

Kezia Ann Page, Assistant Professor, Department of English, Colgate University [National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow]
Kingston 21: Diaspora, Migrancy, and Caribbean Literature

Chad L. Williams, Assistant Professor, Department of History, Hamilton College [National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow]
Torchbearers of Democracy: African American Soldiers and the Era of the First World War

Venus Green, Associate Professor, Department of History, City College, CUNY [National Endowment for the Humanities/Samuel I. Newhouse Fellow]
Black Fraternal Orders and Labor Activism, 1900-1980

Lisa Gail Collins, Associate Professor, Art History and Africana Studies, Vassar College [Independent Fellow]
The Art of Healing

Valerie Babb, Professor, Department of English/African American Studies, University of Georgia [Independent Fellow]
The Ghana Renaissance: Afro Art and Politics, 1960-1966

Carla Kaplan, Professor, Department of English, Northeastern University [Independent Fellow]
Miss Ann in Harlem

 

2005-2006


Valerie Melissa Babb, Professor, Department of English/African American Studies, University of Georgia [National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow]
The Ghana Renaissance: Afro Art and Politics, 1960-1966

Daphne A. Brooks, Assistant Professor, Department of English & African American Studies, Princeton University [National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow]
I Hold No Grudge: Black Feminist Satire, Performance, & Popular Culture in the Post-Civil Rights Era

Charles Isidore Nero, Associate Professor, Department of Rhetoric & Theater, Bates College [National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow]
Writing a New African Diasporic World: Melvin Dixon, Joseph Beam and the Generation of the 1980s

Sandhya R. Shukla, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology and Asian American Studies Program, Columbia University [National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow]
Cross-Cultural Twentieth Century Harlem

Jacqueline N. Stewart, Associate Professor, Department of English/Cinema & Media, University of Chicago [National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow]
At the Crossroads: Style, Segregation, and the Films of Spencer Williams

William P. Jones, Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee [National Endowment for the Humanities/Samuel I. Newhouse Fellow]
Roots of the New Unionism: Black Public Service Workers and the Transformation of Urban Politics, 1945-1985

Patricia Hills, Professor, Department of History, Boston University [Independent Fellow]
Painting Harlem Modern: The Art of Jacob Lawrence

 

2004-2005


Dayo Folayan Gore, Assistant Professor, Department of Women’s Studies, University of Massachusetts, Amherst [National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow]
“To Light a Candle in a Gale Wind:” Black Women Radicals and Post World War II U.S. Politics

Monica L. Miller, Assistant Professor, Department of English, Barnard College [National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow]
Slaves to Fashion: Black Dandyism in the Atlantic Diaspora

LaMonda Horton-Stallings, Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of Florida [National Endowment for the Humanities/Samuel I. Newhouse Fellow]
Making Jelly: Respectability, Liberation, and the Making of Black Sexual Culture

Kevin J. Mumford, Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Iowa [National Endowment for the Humanities/Samuel I. Newhouse Fellow]
In the Life of Joseph Beam

Jeffrey Strickland, Assistant Professor, Department of History and Philosophy, University of Texas–Panamerican [Independent Fellow]
Ethnicity and Race in the Urban South: German Immigrants And African-Americans during Reconstruction

 

2003-2004


Yogita Goyal, Graduate Fellow, Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, Brown University [National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow]
Diasporic Nationalisms, Nationalist Diasporas: Theorizing Race in the Black Atlantic

Stephen Gillroy Hall, Assistant Professor, Department of History, The Ohio State University [National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow]
To Give A Faithful Account of the Race: History and Historical Writing in the African American Community, 1817-1915

Cheryl D. Hicks, Assistant Professor, Department of History, Williams College [National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow]
Confined to Womanhood: Women, Prisons, and Race in the State of New York, 1890-1935

Jacqueline D. Malone, Professor, Department of Drama, Theater and Dance, Queens College, City University of New York [National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow]
Jazz Music in Motion: African American Women in Tap and Jazz Dance

John Gray, Independent Scholar [Schomburg Center/Samuel I. Newhouse Fellow]
Black Music in the Diaspora: An International Bio-Bibliography and Resource Guide

 

2002-2003


Frank Andre Guridy, Visiting Scholar-in-Residence, Department of History, Wheaton College [National Endowment for the Humanities/Samuel I. Newhouse Fellow]
Racial Knowledge and the Black Transnational Community in Cuba and the United States During the Age of Depression and War, 1929-45

Sarah-Jane Mathieu, Assistant Professor, Department of History, African American Studies, Princeton University [National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow]
Jim Crow Rides This Train: The Social and Political Impact of African American Sleeping Car Porters in Canada, 1870-1955

Kenneth M. Bilby, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology and Music, Bard College, Department of Anthropology, Smithsonian Institution [National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow]
Where Good and Evil Meet: Ethnographic, Literary, and Popular Representations of Obeah

Jeffrey Kerr-Ritchie, Associate Professor, Department of History, State University of New York at Binghamton [National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow]
The Cultural Politics of Slave Emancipation in the British West Indies and the United States, 1831-1888

Winston Kennedy, Professor Emeritus, Department of Art, Howard University [National Endowment for the Humanities/Schomburg Center Fellow]
Out of the Shadows: The African American Image in Print

George A. Priestley, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Latin American Studies, Queens College, City University of New York [National Endowment for the Humanities/Schomburg Center Fellow]
George Westerman and West Indian-Panamanians in the 20th Century: Negotiating Identity, Culture and Nationality

Bruce Hare, Professor, Department of African American Studies, Syracuse University [Independent Fellow]
2001 Race Odyssey

Tanya K. Hernandez,Professor, Rutgers School of Law [Independent Fellow]
"Civil Rights Movements in the Americas: Racial Identity and Group Race Consciousness”

 

2001-2002


Chouki El Hamel,  Assistant Professor, African and African-American Studies, Duke University [National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow]
The History of the Blacks in Morocco: Race and Gender in Moroccan Slavery

Rhonda D. Frederick,  Assistant Professor, Department of English, Boston College [National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow]
Colon Man a Come: Mythographies of Panama Canal Migration

Michele Mitchell, Assistant Professor, Department of History, Center for Afro-American & African Studies, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor [National Endowment for the Humanities/Schomburg Center Fellow]
To Find Their Way to Heaven: African Americans, Racial Destiny, and the Politics of Collective Reproduction after Reconstruction

Samuel K. Roberts, Thurgood Marshall Fellow, Program in African and African-American Studies, Department of History, Dartmouth College [National Endowment for the Humanities/Schomburg Center Fellow]
Infectious Fear: Tuberculosis, Public Health, and the Logic of Race and Illness in the Urban South, 1880-1930

Jeffrey Thomas Sammons, Professor, Department of History, New York University [National Endowment for the Humanities/Schomburg Center Fellow]
Harlem's 'Hellfighters' and the Crusade for Citizenship: The 369th and the 'Great War'

Barbara Dianne Savage, Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Pennsylvania [National Endowment for the Humanities/Schomburg Center Fellow]
A New Heaven and a New Earth: African American Religion, Politics, and Culture in the Interwar Years

Lisa Gail Collins, Assistant Professor, Art & Africana Studies, Vassar College [Independent Fellow]
Art of African American Folklore

Jeffrey O.G. Ogbar, Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Connecticut [Independent Fellow]
The New Avant Garde: The Culture and Politics of Hip Hop Music in the Late 20th Century

Thomas Reinhardt, Scientific Employee, Frobenius Institute, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University, Frankfurt, Germany [Independent Fellow]
Afrocentricity - Processes of Appropriation in African-American Identity Formation

Barbara Katz Rothman, Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology & Women's Studies, Baruch College and The Graduate Center, City University of New York [Independent Fellow]
Children of a Diaspora: African Americans Raised by White Families Weaving a Way Home

 

2000-2001


Jacqueline Goldsby, Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of Chicago [National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow]
A Spectacular Secret: The Cultural Logic of Lynching in American Life and Literature, 1882-1992

Robin D.G. Kelley , Professor of History and Africana Studies, Department of History and Africana Studies, New York University [National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow]
Misterioso: In Search of Thelonious Monk

Genna Rae McNeil, Professor of History, Department of History, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill [National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow]
Joan Little and the 'Free Joan Little' Movement in Historical Perspective

Kim D. Butler, Assistant Professor, Africana Studies Department, Rutgers University [National Endowment for the Humanities/Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation Fellow]
The African Diaspora: Paradigms of Power

Kali Nicole Gross,  Doctoral Fellow, Department of History, Occidental College [National Endowment for the Humanities/Schomburg Center Fellow]
The Dismembered Body of Wakefield Gaines and Other Tales of African-American Female Criminality in Philadelphia, 1880-1910

Cecilia A. Green, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Pittsburgh [National Endowment for the Humanities/Schomburg Center Fellow]
Between Respectability and Self-Respect: Afro-Caribbean Women Negotiating Livelihoods

 

1999-2000


Carolyn Keyes Adenaike, Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Memphis [National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow]
God Knew His Brother: War, Slavery, and the Creation of Yoruba Identity

Ivor Lynn Miller, Independent Scholar [National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow]
The Cuban Abakua Society

Kathryne Lindberg, Professor of English and American Literature; Adjunct Faculty in Africana Studies, Department of English, Wayne State University [Irene Diamond Foundation Fellow]
From Claude McKay to Huey Newton: Revolutionary Intercommunalism and Black Syndicalist Lyrics

Lydia Lindsey, Assistant Professor, Department of History, North Carolina Central University [Irene Diamond Foundation Fellow]
Claudia Jones: A Political Biography

Shawn Michelle Smith, Assistant Professor, Department of English, Washington State University, Pullman [Irene Diamond Foundation Fellow]
Photography on the Color Line: W.E.B. Du Bois' Photographs for the 1900 Paris Exposition

Martha Biondi, Assistant Professor, Department of African American Studies, Northwestern University [Ford Foundation Fellow]
The Civil Rights Movement in New York City, 1945-1955

 

1998-1999


Carolyn Anderson Brown, Assistant Professor, Department of History, Rutgers University [National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow]
Cowboys, Letterwriters and Dancing Women: Identity and Struggles Over Space, Leisure and Time in Enugu, Nigeria, 1914-1955

Jeffrey Conrad Stewart, Associate Professor, Department of History, George Mason University [National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow]
Enter The New Negro: A Biography of Alain Locke, 1885-1954

Martha Elizabeth Hodes Assistant Professor, Department of History, New York University [Irene Diamond Foundation Fellow]
Place and Race, Borders and Identities: Black and White Migrations in the Civil War Era

Debra Walker King, Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of Florida [Irene Diamond Foundation Fellow]
African Americans and the Culture of Pain

Margaret Rose Vendryes, Lecturer, Department of Continuing Education, Fairfield University [Irene Diamond Foundation Fellow]
Representation of the New Negro: The Black Body as Metaphor in Modern American Art and Literature

Craig Steven Wilder, Assistant Professor of History, Department of History, Williams College [Ford Foundation Endowment Fellow]
Black Institutions in Colonial and Early National New York

Leslie M. Harris , Assistant Professor, Department of History, Emory University [Independent Fellow]
Creating the African-American Working Class in New York City, 1626-1863

 

1997-1998


Brent Hayes Edwards, Assistant Professor, Department of English, Rugters University [National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow]
Black Globality: The International Shape of Black Intellectual Culture

Gerald Robert Gill, Associate Professor, Department of History, Tufts University [National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow]
Struggling Yet In Freedom's Birthplace - The Civil Rights Movement in Boston, 1935-1972

Douglas Brent Chambers, Independent scholar [Aaron Diamond Foundation Fellow]
The Invention of Creolization: Melville and Frances Herskovits and the History of a Key Concept in Africana Studies

Maryemma Graham, Professor, Department of English, Northeastern University [Aaron Diamond Foundation Fellow]
Southern Roads, Gendered Gardens: An Intellectual Biography of Margaret Walker

Alexandra Clarke Torres, Richard and Edna Salomon Assistant Professor, Department of Modern Culture and Media, Brown University [Aaron Diamond Foundation Fellow]
Black, White and In Color: Television, African American and the Production of National History

Jeffrey G. Garrison, Professor, Department of English Languages and Literature, Komazawa University, Tokyo, Japan [Independent Fellow]
Depiction of Blacks in the Works of Modern White American Dramatists

 

1996-1997


Ada Ferrer, Assistant Professor, Department of History, New York University [National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow]
To Make a Free Nation: Race and the Struggle for Independence in Cuba, 1868-1898

Winston James, Assistant Professor, Department of History, Columbia University [National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow]
Claude McKay: From Bolshevism To Black Nationalism, 1923 to 1948

Jervis B. Anderson, Staff Writer, The New Yorker [Aaron Diamond Foundation Fellow]
A Biography of Bayard Rustin

Kathleen Neal Cleaver, Visiting Scholar, W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research, Harvard University [Aaron Diamond Foundation Fellow]
Memories of Love and War

Sharon Gail Fitzgerald, Contributing Writer, American Vision Magazine
The Biography of Jean Blackwell Hutson

Fahamisha Patricia Brown, Assistant Professor, Department of English, Fordham University [Independent Fellow, funded by Fordham University Fellowship]
Black Poetry: The Hidden Years

Bruce R. Hare, Professor of Africana Studies, College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Sociology, The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University [Independent Fellow]
African Americans and Sociology: A Critical Analysis and Issues in African American Education

Nicole R. King, Assistant Professor, Caribbean and Afro-American Literature, Department of English, University of Maryland [Independent Fellow, funded by Ford Foundation Fellowship]
C.L.R. James and Caribbean Cultural Identity

Isabel Soto, Associate Professor, English Studies Department, Universidad Autonoma, Madrid, Spain and visiting scholar, Vassar College [Independent Fellow]
Langston Hughes in Spain

 

1995-1996


Irma Watkins-Owens, Assistant Professor, African American Studies Institute and Social Sciences Division, Fordham College at Lincoln Center [National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow]
Migration and Community: African American Women in New York City, 1890-1940

Carla Kaplan, Assistant Professor, Department of English; Affiliate Appointments in African-American and Women's Studies, Yale University [Aaron Diamond Foundation Fellow]
The Twenties in Black And White: Modernism's Undesirable Desire

Barbara Smith, Publisher, Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press [Aaron Diamond Foundation Fellow]
African American Lesbian and Gay History

Helen Siemens Walker-Hill, Visiting Assistant Professor, African American Studies Program, University of Wyoming [Aaron Diamond Foundation Fellow]
African-American Women Composers: The Intersection of Race, Gender, Class and Musical Creativity

 

1994-1995


Randolph Stakeman, Director of Africana Studies/Associate Professor of History, Bowdoin College [National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow]
The NAACP in International Affairs, 1918-1968

Jon-Christian Suggs, Professor, Department of English, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York [National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow]
Status, Text, and Substance: A Study of the Interrelationships Between African-American Literature and American Law

Henry John Drewal, Evjue-Bascom Professor, Department of Art History and Afro-American Studies, University of Wisconsin at Madison [Aaron Diamond Foundation Fellow]
Art History, and Hegemony: An African Diaspora in the Caribbean

Robert C. Hayden, Lecturer, Department of History, College of Public and Commonwealth Service, University of Massachusetts at Boston and Northeastern University [Aaron Diamond Foundation Fellow]
Dr. Louis Tompkins Wright and the Development of Medicine in Harlem (New York City) between 1919-1952

Joy Ann James, Assistant Professor, Women Studies, Department of Women Studies, University of Massachusetts at Amherst [Aaron Diamond Foundation Fellow]
Race, Representation and the Demystification of Sexual Violence in American Visual Culture, 1892-1992

 

1993-1994


Venus Green, Assistant Professor, Department of Black Studies, The City College, City University of New York [National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow]
Black Women: Working and Organizing, 1920-1980

James Arthur Miller, Professor of English and American Studies, Department of English and American Studies, Trinity College [National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow]
African-American Cultural Politics of the 1930s

Brenda Gayle Plummer, Associate Professor of History, Department of Afro-American Studies/Department of History, University of Wisconsin at Madison [National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow]
Race, Gender, and the Cold War

Ula Taylor, Assistant Professor, Department of African American Studies, University of California at Berkeley
The Veiled Garvey: The Life and Times of Amy Jacques Garvey

Lawrence Patrick Jones, Independent Scholar [Aaron Diamond Foundation Fellow]
Identity, Drama, and Mutual Aid in the Black Pentecostal Church

Irene Viola Jackson-Brown, Senior Fellow, Program in Education Policy and School Reform, Phelps-Stokes Fund [Aaron Diamond Foundation Fellow]
The Black Church as Progenitor of Musical Performance in the African American Community

Melissa Jane Rachleff, Assistant Curator, Exit Art, Inc. [Aaron Diamond Foundation Fellow]
Morgan and Marvin Smith: Photography in Harlem, 1933-1950

 

1992-1993


Patrick Bryant Miller, Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Arizona at Tucson [National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow]
Pillars of Fire: A History of Traditionally African American Colleges and Universities

Edwin S. Redkey, Associate Professor of History, Department of Humanities, State University of New York, Purchase [National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow]
A History of the 54th and 55th Massachusetts Regiments

Barbara Lee Browning, Assistant Professor, Department of English, Princeton University [Aaron Diamond Foundation Fellow]
Afro-Atlantic Syncratic Narratives: A Study of Literature in the Pan-Yoruba Tradition

Jeffrey Nathan Gerson, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Massachusetts at Lowell [Aaron Diamond Foundation Fellow]
Black Succession in Central Brooklyn, 1964-1991

Barbara Ann McCaskill, Assistant Professor, Department of English, University Georgia at Athens [Aaron Diamond Foundation Fellow]
Reconsidering Race: Nineteenth-Century Narratives of African American Women

Carl George Pedersen, Associate Professor, Institute of Language and Culture, Roskilde University Center, Denmark [Aaron Diamond Foundation Fellow]
Claude McKay: From Socialism to Negritude

J. E. Franklin, Director, the Zora Neale Hurston Writer's Workshop, New York City [Independent Fellow]
Gray Panthers: The Second Decatet. Ten Ten-Minute Dramas on the Lives of African-American Elders

Michele Lamont, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Princeton University [Independent Fellow]
Male Working Class Culture in France and the United States

 

1991-1992


William Barlow, Associate Professor, Department of Radio, TV, Film, School of Communication, Howard University [National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow]
A Cultural History of Black Radio

Joanne Grant, Independent Scholar [National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow]
Grand Lady: The Lifework of Ella J. Baker

Jacqueline Delores Malone, Associate Professor, Drama, Theater and Dance, Queens College, City University of New York [Aaron Diamond Foundation Fellow]
Dynamic Suggestion: Tracing African-American Vernacular Dance

Cheryl Finley, Independent Scholar [Aaron Diamond Foundation Fellow]
Photographic Images of African Americans from the F.S.A. Years: The Development of an Afro-Centric Perspective

Enid Gort, Independent Scholar [Aaron Diamond Foundation Fellow]
A Career of Conscience: The Story of Franklin H. Williams

Katherine Elizabeth Butler Jones, Independent Scholar [Independent Fellow]
Journey to the Promised Land: Social Economic and Political Influences Affecting an African American Family Migrating Through New York State 1770s-1930

 

1990-1991


Sandra T. Govan, Associate Professor, Department of English, University of North Carolina, Charlotte [National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow]
The Turbulent Times of Gwendolyn Bennett: Art and Politics After the Renaissance

Adrienne M. Israel, Associate Professor, Department of History, Guilford College [National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow]
Amanda Berry Smith: An Historical Biography of a Spiritual Pioneer

Carol A. Beane, Assistant Professor, Department of Romance Languages, Howard University [Aaron Diamond Foundation Fellow]
The Representation of Slavery in Latin American Literature

Margaret L. Dwight, Professor, Department of History, North Carolina A&T. [Aaron Diamond Foundation Fellow]
Economic Boycott as Non-Violent Sanctions in Political and Social Conflict in the Civil Rights Movement

Larry A. Greene, Chairman and Associate Professor, Department of History, Seton Hall University [Aaron Diamond Foundation Fellow]
An Oral History of Harlem in Depression and War: 1930-1945

Bernth Olof Lindfors, Professor of English and African Literature, Department of English, University of Texas at Austin [Aaron Diamond Foundation Fellow]
The Early Career of Ira Aldridge

Jualynne E. Dodson, Associate Professor, Religious Studies and Afro-American Studies, University of Colorado at Boulder [Independent Fellow, funded by the Ford Foundation]
Women, Power, Church: The First Century

John Samuel Wright, Associate Professor, Department of Afro-American & African Studies, University of Minnesota [Independent Fellow, funded by Bush Foundation Leadership Fellowship]
The Riddle of Freedom: Art, Ideas, and the Worlds of Afro-American Cultural Thought

 

1989-1990


David Adams Leeming, Associate Professor, Department of English and Contemporary Literature, University of Connecticut [Ford Foundation Fellow]
A Biography of James Baldwin

Arthur K. Spears, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Linguistics, Department of Anthropology, City College, City University of New York and CUNY Graduate Center [Ford Foundation Fellow]
The Black English Verbal System

Jean Fagan Yellin, Professor of English and Director, New York City Humanities Program, Pace University [Ford Foundation Fellow]
Harriet Jacobs: Incidents in a Life

 

1988-1989


Melvin Dixon, Professor, English Department, Queens College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York [Rockefeller Foundation Fellow]
What is Africa to Me?: Memory of the Imperatives of Ancestry in Modern Black Poetry

Gerald Horne, Professor of Black Studies, Department of History, University of California at Santa Barbara [Rockefeller Foundation Fellow]
Biography of Benjamin J. Davis, Jr.

Kathryn Talalay, Archivist/Editor, The American Academy of Arts and Letters [Rockefeller Foundation Fellow]
From Harlem to Hue: A Critical Biography of Philippa Duke Schuyler, 1931-1967

 

1987-1988


Eloise A. Brier, Assistant Professor, Department of French Studies, State University of New York at Albany [Rockefeller Foundation Fellow]
Negritude: Origins and Effects in the United States

John M. Graziano, Professor, Department of Music, The City College, City University of New York [Rockefeller Foundation Fellow]
Black Musical Theater, 1890-1935: A Chronicle

Elizabeth Rauh Bethel, Associate Professor of Sociology, Department of Social Sciences, Lander College [Schomburg Center Fellow]
Afro-American Responses to the First Emancipation, 1780-1865

Joseph F. Wilson, Tow Professor of Political Science and Director, Center for Diversity and Multicultural Studies, Brooklyn College, The City University of New York [Schomburg Center Fellow]
Documentary History of the "Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters

Bruce Hare, Associate Professor of Sociology, State University of New York at Stony Brook [Independent Fellow]
Community Control of Education in New York City

 

1986-1987


Larry A. Greene, Professor, Department of History, Seton Hall University [Schomburg Center Fellow]
Social Aspects of the Depression in Harlem: Family Life and Education, 1930-1940

Ferdinand Jones, Director, Psychological Services and Professor of Psychology, Brown University [Schomburg Center Fellow]
Jazz and Adaptive Afro-American Styles

Kathe Sandler, Independent Filmmaker [Independent Fellow]
A Question of Color [documentary film]

Rodger C. Birt, Professor, Humanities Department, San Francisco State University [Rockefeller Foundation Fellow]
With a Camera in Harlem: The Career and Works of James Van Der Zee.

Sheila S. Walker, Director, Center for African and African American Studies and Annabel Irion Worsham Centennial Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin [Rockefeller Foundation Fellow]
[slideshows, audio and video presentations about Africa and the African Diaspora]
Bahia: Africa in the Americas [documentary film]

 

1985-1986


V.P. Franklin, Professor of History, Department of History and Politics, Drexel University [Independent Fellow, funded by Ford Foundation and National Research Council]
The Black Twenties: An Exploration of New Negro Consciousness, 1917-1930

 

1983-1984


Margaret Wilkerson, Chair, Department of Theatre Arts, University of California at Berkeley [Independent Fellow, funded by Ford Foundation and National Research Council]
Biography of Lorraine Hansberry