Fellows Program

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 Afro-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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Zelalem Kibret Beza

Scholar, Activist

The Legal and Practical Notion of Digital Civil Disobedience (DCD) and a Legal Toolkit for DCD Activists all over the World
Scholar-at-Risk Fellow
Academic Year 2017-18

 
 
 
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David Bindman

Emeritus Professor of the History of Art at University College London
The Image of the Black in Latin America and the Caribbean 
Image of the Black Archive & Library
Fellow

Fall 2017

 
 
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Kurt Campbell

Artist and Senior Lecturer in Fine Art and New Media at the University of Cape Town
To Write as a Boxer: 
Affect, Disability and Re-signification in the Text of the Blinded South African Pugilist Andrew Jeptha
Mandela Mellon Fellow
Fall 2017

 
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Myisha Cherry

Doctoral candidate in Philosophy at the University of Illinois at Chicago
Can you Find it in your Heart to Forgive?: Race, Forgiveness Requests, & Superficial Repair
Advancing Equity Through Research Fellow
Fall 2017

 
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Christa Clarke

Senior Curator, Arts of Global Africa at the Newark Museum
The Activist Collector: Recovering the Story of an African American Woman in Pre-Apartheid South Africa
Hutchins Fellow
Academic Year 2017-18

 
 
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Genevieve E. Dempsey

Ethnomusicologist and Musician
Saints of the African Diaspora: Voicing Race, Gender, and Politics in Brazilian Congado
Mark Claster Mamolen Fellow
Academic Year 2017-18

 
 
 
 
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Martha Diaz

Media Producer, Social Entrepreneur, Archivist, Curator, and Educator
Time Is Illmatic: The Journey, Music, and Legacy of Nasir Jones
Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellow
Fall 2017

 
 
 
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Zebulon Dingley

Doctoral candidate in Anthropology and History, University of Chicago
Ndani: An Historical Ethnography of Kinship, Capital, and the Occult on the South Coast of Kenya
Porter-Wesley Fellow
Academic Year 2017-18

 
 
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Adam Habib

Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of the Witwatersrand
Student Protests in South Africa
Hutchins Fellow
Spring 2018

 
 
 
 
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Julie Kleinman

Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Fordham University
Borders in the Capital: Public Space, Immigration, and the Making of an African Hub in France
McMillan-Stewart Fellow
Spring 2018

 
 
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Nomusa Makhubu

Artist and Lecturer in Art History and Visual Culture, University of Cape Town
ArtRage and the Politics of Reconciliation
Mandela Mellon Fellow
Fall 2017

 
 
 
 
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Myles Osborne

Associate Professor of African History at the University of Colorado Boulder
The World of Mau Mau: Pan-Africanism and Rural Society in the Caribbean
Hutchins Fellow
Academic Year 2017-18

 
 
 
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Shenaz Patel

Journalist and Fiction Writer
Resisting the Blackout
Sheila Biddle Ford Foundation Fellow
Spring 2018

 
 
 
 
 
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Cassi Pittman

Assistant Professor of  Sociology,  Case Western Reserve University
Black Privilege and Black Power: Black Consumers Managing Race and Racial Stigma
Sheila Biddle Ford Foundation Fellow
Spring 2018

 
 
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Jenny Sharpe

Professor of English, Comparative Literature and Gender Studies at the University of California at Los Angeles
Immaterial Archives: Lost Pasts, Salvaged Futures
Stuart Hall Fellow
Academic Year 2017-18

 
 
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LaFleur Stephens-Dougan

Assistant Professor in the Department of Politics at Princeton University
Race-ing for Votes: How Candidates Use Negative Racial Appeals to Win White Votes
Hutchins Fellow
Academic Year 2017-18
 
 
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Belén Vega Pichaco

Juan de la Cierva Post-doctoral Researcher in Musicology at the University of Oviedo
Dance, Identity and Politics: the Claim for Afro-Cubanity through the First Revolutionary Decade (1959-1969)
Afro-Latin American Research Institute Fellow
Fall 2017

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