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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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  

Celia Cussen

2012-2013: Sheila Biddle Ford Foundation Fellow

The Social and Economic Dynamics of African Slavery in Late Colonial Santiago, Chile

Holly Ellis

Spring 2014: Dorothy Porter & Charles Harris Wesley Fellow

Framing the Relationships between West African and African-American women; 1930-1960

Christopher Emdin

Fall 2013: Caperton and Hiphop Archive Fellow

S.T.E.M. with no root bears no fruit: Colloquial appropriations of canonical science in contemporary hip-hop

Zimitri Erasmus

Spring 2010: Mandela Mellon Fellow

Crimes of ‘Blood’:  A comparative analysis of South Africa’s Immorality Act (1927 & 1950) and Prohibition of Mixed Marriages Act (1949), and Miscegenation Laws in North America

Beekan Guluma Erena

2015-2016: Scholar-at-Risk Fellowship

The Oromo Students’ Demands for Justice and Democracy, and Violent Repression by the Ethiopian Government

Victor Fowler

2015-2016: Mark Claster Mamolen Fellowship

A research on how North American blacks look, analyze and understand black Cubans since last years of XIX century to the beginnings of Cuban revolution.

Roshan Galvaan

Spring 2016: Mandela Mellon Fellowship

Disrupting Traditions: Developing Contextually Relevant Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy Knowledge in South Africa

Lyndon K. Gill

2009-2010: Sheila Biddle Ford Foundation Fellow

Transfiguring Trinidad and Tobago: queer cultural production, erotic subjectivity and a new postcolonialism

Vera Ingrid Grant

Spring 2012: Sheila Biddle Ford Foundation Fellow

"Fused Encounters:" Transnational Race in the U.S. Occupation Zone in Germany, 1918–1923

Nikki A. Greene

2016-2017: Richard D. Cohen Fellow

Rhythms of Glue, Grease, Grime, and Glitter: The Body in Contemporary African American Art

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