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 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).

Angela Ards

2011-2012: Sheila Biddle Ford Foundation Fellow

The Ethics of Self-Fashioning in Contemporary Black Women's Autobiography

Mia L. Bagneris

2007-2008: Sheila Biddle Ford Foundation Fellow

Local Colors: Interracial Sexuality and the Mixed-Race Body in the Caribbean Canvases of Agostino Brunias

Abongwe Bangeni

Fall 2013: Mandela Mellon Fellow

Black South African students’ engagement with legal cases: Making the tacit explicit in academic law

Franco Barchiesi

2014-2015: Larry Donnell Andrews Fellowship

Liberal State Formation, Racialization, and Labor Regimes across the Atlantic, 1890s-1920s

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Devyn Spence Benson

Sheila Biddle Ford Foundation Fellow, Hutchins Center

Dr. Devyn Spence Benson is an Assistant Professor of History and African and African American Studies at Louisiana State University. Benson received her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in the field of Latin American History, where her research focused on racial discourses during the first three years of the Cuban revolution.

Celeste-Marie Bernier

Sheila Biddle Ford Foundation Fellow, Spring 2010

The “Slave Ship Imprint:” The Body, Memory and Representation in Fifty Years of African American and Black British Visual Arts 1960-2010

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David Bindman

Emeritus Professor of the History of Art at University College London
The Image of the Black in Africa and Asia
Image of the Black Archive & Library

Fall 2016


Floretta Boonzaier

Fall 2015: Sheila Biddle Ford Foundation Fellow

Fall 2009: Mandela Fellow

Reading the past in the present: Historicizing Violence Against Women in South Africa

Mathias Bös

Fall 2007: Sheila Biddle Ford Foundation Fellow

Race and Ethnicity – The History of Two Concepts in American Sociology

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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.

Todd Carmody

Fall 2010: Sheila Biddle Ford Foundation Fellow

Slow Moves the Pageant: Enabling Fictions of Race and Nation in American Literature

Jenni Case

Fall 2011: Mandela Mellon Fellow

Cracking the Code: Widening Access to Science and Engineering Education for a New Generation of Students

Corrie Claiborne

Summer 2009: United Negro College Fund / Mellon Foundation

What I Learned from White Girls: Reflections on Black Identity and Integration

Huey Copeland

Spring 2011: Sheila Biddle Ford Foundation Fellow

In the Arms of the Negress: A Brief History of Modern Artistic Practice

Anna-Lisa Cox

Spring 2009: Sheila Biddle Ford Foundation Fellow

Founding Freedom: The Antebellum Free Black Diaspora and the Creation of Communities of Equality on the American Frontier

Lauren Coyle

2013-2014: Dorothy Porter & Charles Harris Wesley Fellow

Dual Sovereigns in the Golden Twilight: Law, Land, and Sacrificial Labor in Ghana  

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