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About the Scholars-in-Residence Program

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The Schomburg Center Scholars-in-Residence Program assists those scholars and professionals whose research in the black experience can benefit from extended access to the Center's resources. Fellowships funded by the Center will allow recipients to spend six months or a year in residence with access to resources at the Schomburg Center and other centers of The New York Public Library. The program encourages research and writing on black history and culture, facilitates interaction among participating scholars, and provides wide-spread dissemination of findings through lectures, publications, and colloquia and seminars. It encompasses projects in African, Afro-American, and Afro-Caribbean history and culture.

Over the course of its 23-year history, the residency program has provided direct funding support for 108 fellows, and additional residency opportunities for 21 independently-funded humanities scholars. Funding support for the program has been provided by the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Aaron Diamond Foundation, the Irene Diamond Foundation, the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Quotes from Past Fellows

“The feedback and constructive criticism received during the seminars was extremely valuable and as a result has pushed my work in new directions. Moreover, I benefited from the exposure to works in different disciplines and areas of study beyond my particular expertise.”

Chad Williams
Scholar-in-Residence 2006-07, NEH



“ The archival resources at the Schomburg are without parallel for anyone doing research in black culture. The collections offer breadth and depth, not an easy balance to achieve. The staff, particularly the librarians in the Manuscript collections are knowledgeable, gracious, and exceedingly helpful. Their expertise saved me what would have been wasted hours of unnecessary legwork.”
Valerie Babb
Scholar-in-Residence 2005-06, NEH



“ As a Scholar-in-Residence at the Schomburg Center, I had a unique opportunity to make progress on my book, using the vast resources of the library. The program’s seminars and colloquia enabled animated conversations across such varied disciplines as history, music, sociology, law, literature, and philosophy. More specifically, the seminar helped me make valuable decisions about my own disciplinary boundaries, helping me to combine the methods of historical inquiry and literary analysis.”
Yogita Goyal
Scholar-in-Residence 2003-04, NEH



“ I was unprepared but pleasantly surprised by the level of intense academic exchange and interaction that took place amongst the Schomburg Fellows. As a result of these exchanges in and outside the seminars and lectures, I gained new knowledge and methodologies relevant and helpful in redesigning my work. These exchanges were really one of the high points of my tenure as a fellow.”
George Priestley
Scholar-in-Residence 2002-03, Schomburg Center



“ My development as a scholar was undoubtedly enriched by the Schomburg’s intellectually stimulating environment. Much of this enrichment was due to the Center’s geographic location in Harlem, a culturally dynamic, historically rich community. Throughout my fellowship tenure, I came in contact with scholars, both inside and outside the fellowship program, who were working on important issues in African-American and African Diaspora Studies.”
Frank Andre Guridy
Scholar-in-Residence 2002-03, NEH



“ I found the support system incredibly useful and key to helping me find the sources that were central to the project. Everyone that I spoke with (in all areas of the Center) were efficient, diligent, and answered my question or found someone who could. One of the many great moments I had came when a reference librarian followed up on one of my inquiries, when it seemed as if there was no information, and told me about an archive or rather a set of papers, that I did not know of. While the archives was in another state, the material I found there filled in some major gaps in my research.”
Cheryl D. Hicks
Scholar-in-Residence 2003-04, Schomburg Center/Newhouse




Works by Past Fellows

Anderson, Jervis . Bayard Rustin: Troubles I've Seen . New York: HarperCollins, 1997.
[Aaron Diamond Foundation, 1996-1997]

Barlow, William . Voice Over: The Making of Black Radio . Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1998.
[National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, 1991-1992]

Bethel , Elizabeth Rauh . The Roots of African American Identity: Memory and History in Antebellum Free Communities . New York: St. Martins Press, 1997.
[Schomburg Center Fellow, 1987-1988]

Biondi, Martha . To Stand and Fight: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Postwar New York City . Harvard University Press, May 2003.
[National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, 1999-2000]

Birt, Rodger C . "A Life in American Photography." In VanDerZee: Photographer, 1886-1983 , by Deborah Willis-Braithwaite. Harry N. Abrams, Inc. in association with the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, 1993.
[Rockefeller Foundation Fellow, 1986-1987]

Brown, Carolyn Anderson . We Were All Slaves: African Miners, Culture and Resistance at the Enugu Government Colliery, Nigeria . Heinemann, 2003.
[National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, 1998-1999]

Browning, Barbara. Infectious Rhythm:Metaphors of Contagion and the Spread of African Culture.   New York : Routledge, 1998.
[Aaron Diamond Foundation Fellow, 1992-1993]

Butler, Kim. "Defining Diaspora, Refining a Discourse," Diaspora 10:2 (Fall 2002), 189-219.
[National Endowment for the Humanities/Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation Fellow, 2000-2001]

Collins, Lisa Gail . The Art of History: African American Women Artists Engage the Past . Rutgers University Press, May 2002
[Independent Fellow, 2001-2002]

Dixon, Melvin. transl. The Collected Poetry of Leopold Sedar Senghor . Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1991.
[Rockefeller Foundation Fellow, 1988-1989]

Drewal, Henry John . "Signifyin' Saints." In Santeria Aesthetics in Contemporary Latin American Art , 263-289, edited by Arturo Lindsay. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1996.
[Aaron Diamond Foundation Fellow, 1994-1995]

Edwards, Brent.   "The Ethnics of Surrealism," Transition 78 (June 1999): 84-135.

"The Uses of Diaspora," Social Text  66 (Spring 2001): 45-74.

The Practice of Diaspora: Literature, Translation and the Rise of Black Internationalism.   Cambridge, Mass.  Harvard University Press, 2003.
[National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, 1997-1998]

El-Hamel, Chouki . “’Race’, Slavery and Islam in Maghribi Mediterranean Thought: The Question of the Haratin in Morocco .” In The Journal of North African Studies Vol. 7, No. 3 (Autumn 2002) pp.29-52.
[National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, 2001-2002]

Ferrer, Ada . Insurgent Cuba : Race, Nation, and Revolution, 1868-1898 . University of North Carolina Press, 1999
[National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, 1996-1997]

Frederick, Rhonda D. “ Colon Man a Come”; Mythographies of Panama Canal Migration. Lexington Books, 2005.
[National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, 2001-2002]

Goldsby, Jacqueline Denise.   A Spectacular Secret: Lynching in American Life and Literature.  Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2006.
[National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, 2000-2001]

Gort, Enid . Co-authored with Erica Judge, "Ambassadors and Diplomats." Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History , ed. By Jack Salzman, David Lionel Smith and Cornell West, pp. 104-106.

"Phelps-Stokes Fund." Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History , ed. By Jack Salzman, David Lionel Smith and Cornell West, p. 2132.

" Franklin Hall Williams." Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History , ed. By Jack Salzman, David Lionel Smith and Cornell West, p. 2842-43.
[Aaron Diamond Foundation Fellow, 1991-1992]

Govan, Sandra . "Gwendolyn Bennett." Biographical essay in Notable Black American Women , 1991.
[National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, 1990-1991]

Grant, Joanne . Ella Baker: Freedom Bound . New York: John Wiley, 1998.

"Ella Baker." In The Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History , editors, Salzman, Jack, David Lionel Smith, Cornel West, 229-231. NY: Macmillan Library Reference, 1996.
[National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, 1991-1992]

Graziano, John . "Black Musical Theater and the Harlem Renaissance Movement." In Black Music in the Harlem Renaissance: A Collection of Essays , editor, Samuel A. Floyd, Jr. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1990.
[Rockefeller Foundation Fellow, 1987-1988]

Green, Venus . "Race and Technology: African-American Women in the Bell System, 1945-1980." In Technology and Culture , Volume 36, No. 2, April 1995.

Race on the Line: Gender, Labor, and Technology in the Bell System, 1880-1980 . Duke University Press, 2001.
[National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, 1993-1994]

Greene, Larry A . " Harlem, the Depression Years: Leadership and Social Conditions." In Afro-Americans in New York Life and History 17 (July 1993).

Larry A. Greene and Diana Linden, "Charles Alston's Harlem Hospital Murals: Cultural Politics in Depression Era Harlem,"  Prospects: , vol. 26 ( Cambridge University Press, 2001)
[Aaron Diamond Foundation Fellow, 1990-1991]

Gross, Kali. Colored Amazons: Crime, Violence, and Black Women in the City of Brotherly Love, 1880-1910 . Duke University Press, June 2006.
[National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow /Schomburg Center , 2000-2001]

Guridy, Frank. “From Solidarity to Cross-Fertilization: Afro-Cuban/African American Interaction During the 1930s and 1940s.” Radical History Review, Special Issue on Black Transnational Studies, 87 (Fall 2003), 19-48.

“‘ Enemies of the White Race’: The machadista State and the UNIA in Cuba.” Caribbean Studies, Special Issue on Garveyism in the Hispanic Caribbean, Vol. 31, No. 1 (2003) 107-139.
[National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, 2000-2001]

Hall, Stephen Gillroy. A Faithful Account of the Race: African American Historical Writing in Nineteenth Century America. University of North Carolina Press, 2009.
[National Endowment for the Humanities, 2003-2004]

Hare, Bruce R . 2001 Race Odyssey: African Americans and Sociology . Syracuse University Press, December 2002)
[Independent Fellow, 1996-1997]

Harris, Leslie . In the Shadow of Slavery: African Americans in New York City . University of Chicago Press, February 2003.
[Independent Fellow, 1998-1999]

Hayden, Robert C. "Louis T. Wright, M.D.: Equal Opportunity...No More... No Less!" In The Journal of Negro History. 80th anniversary volume.

Mr. Harlem Hospital: Dr. Louis T. Wright. Littleton, MA: Tapestry Press, Ltd., 2003
[Aaron Diamond Foundation Fellow, 1994-1995]

Hodes, Martha . “The Mercurial Nature and Abiding Power of Race: A Transnational Family Story.” In The American Historical Review Vol. 108, No. 1, February 2003.

The Sea Captain’s Wife: A True Story of Love, Race and War in the Nineteenth Century.
W.W. Norton & Company, 2006
[Irene Diamond Foundation Fellow, 1998-1999]

Horne, Gerald C. Black Liberation/Red Scare: Ben Davis and the Communist Party . Newark, Del.: University of Delaware Press, 1994.
[Rockefeller Foundation Fellow, 1988-1989]

Israel, Adrienne . Amanda Berry Smith: From Washerwoman to Evangelist . Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, Inc., 1998.
[National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, 1990-1991]

James, Joy.  Resisting State Violence: Radicalism, Gender and Race in US Culture . Minneapolis, Minn. : University of Minnesota Press, c1996.
[Aaron Diamond Foundation Fellow, 1994-1995]

James, Winston . " New Light on Claude McKay: a Controversy, a Document, and a Resolution ," Black Renaissance/Renaissance Noire, vol. 2, no. 2, Summer 1999; an early version published in Jamaica Journal vol. 26, no. 3, December 1998.

" A Fierce Hatred of Injustice: Claude McKay's Jamaican Poetry of Rebellion " London and New York: Verso, Spring 2000.
[National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, 1996-1997]

Jones, Ferdinand . "Psychological Profiles, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Charlie Parker." Educational Notes, Providence Library Jazz Series , 1996, 1998, 2000.

(with Myra R. Jones) "Legends and Myths: Buddy Bolden and Psychologically Troubled Jazz Musicians." International Association of Jazz Educators Jazz Research Proceedings Yearbook , Volume XXX, 2000.

The Triumph of the Soul: Psychological and Cultural Aspects of African American Music . (Edited with Arthur C. Jones). Prager: Westport, CT, 2000.

"Jazz and the Resilience of African Americans." The Triumph of the Soul: Psychological and Cultural Aspects of African American Music . [F. Jones and A.C. Jones Eds.] Prager: Westport, CT, 2000.
[ Schomburg Center Fellow, 1986-1987]

Kerr-Ritchie, Jeffrey. "Gender, Unfree Labor, and Globalization," in Nature, Society, and Thought . 15:3 (2003).

Rites of August First: West Indian Emancipation and American Antislavery. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2006
[National Endowment for the Humanities/Schomburg Center Fellow , 2002-2003]

King, Debra Walker. African Americans and the Culture of Pain. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2008
[Irene Diamond Foundation, 1998-1999]

King, Nicole.   C.L.R. James and Creolization: Circles of Influence. Jackson University Press of Mississippi, c2001.
[Independent, 1996-1997]

Lamont, Michelle. The Cultural Territories of Race : Black and White Boundaries, edited and with an introduction by Michèle Lamont. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, c1999.
[Independent Fellow, 1992-1993]

Leeming, David. James Baldwin: A Biography . NY: Knopf, 1994.
[Ford Foundation Fellow, 1989-1990]

Lindberg, Kathryne Victoria .    “Rebels to the Right/Revolution to the Left: Ezra Pound and Claude McKay in ‘The Syndicalist Year’ of 1912” in Ezra Pound and African American Modernism. Ed. Michael Coyle. Orono, Maine: The National Poetry Foundation, 2001.

"Cleaver, Newton and Davis, Re: Reading of Panther Lyrics, " The World in Time and Space:  Towards a History of Innovative American Poetry in Our Time, Edward Foster and Joseph Donahue, eds. ( Jersey City, NJ:  Talisman House, 2002), 547-75.  
[Irene Diamond Foundation Fellow, 1999-2000]

Lindfors, Bernth O . "The Signifying Flunkey: Ira Aldridge as Mungo." In The Literary Griot 5 (1993).

"Nothing extenuate, nor set down aught in malice": New biographical information on Ira Aldridge." In African American Review   28, 1994.

“Ira Aldridge’s London Debut.” In Theatre Notebook  Vol. 60. No. 1, 2006.
[Aaron Diamond Foundation Fellow, 1990-1991]

McCaskill, Barbara . " 'Yours Very Truly:' Ellen Craft the Fugitive as Text and Artifact. In African American Review 28 (1994): 509-29.

Introduction, "William and Ellen Craft in Transatlantic Literature and Life," in Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom; Or, The Escape of William and Ellen Craft from Slavery.  Athens: The University of Georgia Press, 1999.

“‘Trust No Man!’: But What About a Woman?: Ellen Craft and a Genealogical Model for Teaching Douglass’s Narrative.”  In Approaches to Teaching the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Ed., James C. Hall.  (New York: Modern Language Association, 1999)
[Aaron Diamond Foundation Fellow, 1992-1993]

Malone, Jacqueline D . "The FAMU Marching 100." In Black Perspective in Music 18 (1990): 59-80.

Steppin' on the blues: the visible rhythms of African American dance . Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1996.
[Aaron Diamond Foundation Fellow, 1991-1992]

Miller, Ivor Lynn. Voice of the Leopard: African Secret Societies and Cuba. Jackson: University of Mississippi Press, 2009.

"Secret Society Goes Public: The Relationship Between Abakua and Cuban Popular Culture." African Studies Review. April 2000.
"Religious Symbolism in Cuban Politican Performance." The Drama Review: A Journal of Performance Studies. New York University, 2000.
[National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, 1999-2000, 2007-2008]

Miller, James A. A chapter in Radical Revisions: Rereading 1930s Culture , eds. Bill Mullen and Sherry Lee Linkon. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1996.
[National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, 1993-1994]

Miller, Monica L. "Slaves to Fashion: Black Dandyism in the Atlantic." Diaspora. Duke University Press, 2009.
[National Endowment for the Humanities, 2004-2005]

Miller, Patrick Bryant . "To 'Bring the Race Along Rapidly': Sport, Student Culture and Educational Mission at Historically Black Colleges during the Interwar Years." In History of Education Quarterly 35, 1995.

_____ and David K. Wiggins. The Unlevel Playing Field: A Documentary History of the African American Experience in Sport. Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2003
[National Endowment for the Humanities, 1992-1993]

Mitchell, Michele. Righteous Propagation: African Americans and the Politics of Racial Destiny after Reconstruction (Chapel Hill:  University of North Carolina Press, 2004).
[National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, 2001-2002]

Plummer, Brenda G . Rising Wind: Black Americans and U.S. Foreign Affairs, 1935-1960 . Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 1996.

"Castro in Harlem: A Cold War Watershed." In Rethinking the Cold War: Essays on Its Dynamics, Meaning, and Morality , eds. Thomas McCormick and Allen Hunter. Philadelphia, PA.:Temple University Press, 1998.
[National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, 1993-1994]

Rachleff, Melissa J. "Photojournalism in Harlem: Morgan and Marvin Smith and the Construction of Power." In Visual Journal (1996).
[Aaron Diamond Foundation Fellow, 1993-1994]

Roberts, Samuel Kelton, Jr. Infectious Fear: Politics, Disease and the Health Effects of Segregation. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2009.
[National Endowment for the Humanities/Schomburg Center, 2001-2002]

Rothman, Barbara Katz.   Weaving a Family: Untangling Race and Adoption. Beacon Press, 2005.
[Independent Fellow, 2001-2002]

Sandler, Kathe.   Documentary film, A Question of Color, 1993.
[Independent Fellow, 1986-1987]

Savage, Barbara Dianne. Your Spirits Walk Beside Us: The Politics of Black Religion.
Cambridge: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2008.
[National Endowment for the Humanities/Schomburg Center, 2001-2002]

Smith, Shawn Michelle. Photography on the Color Line: W.E.B. Du Bois, Race, and Visual Culture. Duke University Press, 2004
[Irene Diamond Foundation Fellow, 1999-2000]

Spears, Arthur K . "The Grammaticalization of Disapproval in Black American English." In CUNYForum: Papers in Linguistics 15, 1990.

Race and Ideology: Language, Symbolism, and Popular Culture . Wayne State University Press, 1999.

"Teaching 'Minorities' about Language and Culture." Race and Ideology . , Detroit: Wayne State University Press. Ed. 1999.
[Ford Foundation Fellow, 1989-1990]

Stewart, Jeffrey Conrad. The New Negro as Citizen" in The Cambridge Companion to the Harlem Renaissance, ed. by George Hutchinson [forthcoming] (Cambridge University Press, 2007).

"Black Orientalism and The Invisible Man of the Harlem Renaissance", in Letterature d'America Trimestrale Anno XXII, n. 93-94, 2002: 37-54.
[National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, 1998-1999]

Suggs, Jon-Christian . Whispered Consolations: Law and Narrative in African-American Life. University of Michigan Press, Spring 1999.

"Romanticism, Law, and the Suppression of African-American Citizenship," in Race and Production of Modern American Nationalism , ed. Reynolds J. Scott-Childress. New York: Garland, 1999.

"'Blackjack': Walter White and Modernism in an Unknown Boxing Novel." Michigan Quarterly Review . Fall 1999.
[National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, 1994-1995]

Talalay, Kathryn M . Composition in Black and White: The Life of Philippa Schuyler . NY and London: Oxford University Press, 1995.
[Rockefeller Foundation Fellow, 1988-1989]

Taylor, Ula . "Amy Jacques Garvey: Introduction." In Words of Fire, ed. Beverly Guy-Sheftall NY: New Press, 1995.

The Veiled Garvey: The Life and Times of Amy Jacques Garvey. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2002.

"Amy Jacques Garvey: Community Feminist." Journal of Gender and History .
[National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, 1993-1994]

Torres, Alexandra C. (Sasha).   Black, White and In Color: Television and Black Civil Rights. Princeton University Press, 2003.
[Aaron Diamond Foundation Fellow, 1997-1998]

Vendryes, Margaret Rose. Barthe A Life in Sculpture. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2008.

“Inveterate Outsiders: African-American Women Artists Get Their Due” in the International Review of African American Art (Summer 2005).

“Vindicating Black Masculinity: Barthé’s James Weldon Johnson Memorial,” International Review of African American Art (Hampton University, vol. 18, no. 2, 2002).

“The Lives of Richmond Barthé,” in The Greatest Taboo: Homosexuality in Black Communities (Alyson Publications, 2000).
[Irene Diamond Foundation Fellow, 1998-1999]

Walker, Sheila S . The following are slide presentations that were developed as the result of her residency at the Center:

"African Religions in Brazil"
"Afro-Brazilian Religion and Society"
"Presents for Yemanja in the Candomble"
"Afro-Latin American Religions"
"African Religions in the Caribbean."
[Rockefeller Foundation Fellow, 1986-1987]

Walker-Hill, Helen Siemens .   From Spirituals to Symphonies: African-American Women Composers and Their Music. Westport, Conn. Greenwood Press, 2002.
[National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, 1995-1996]

Watkins-Owens, Irma . “Early-Twentieth-Century Caribbean Women, Migration and Social Networks in New York City in Islands in the City, West Indian Migration to New York . Berkeley: University of California Press, 2001.
[National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, 1995-1996]

Wilder, Craig Steven. In the Company of Black Men: The African Influence on African American Culture in New York City . NYU Press, 2001.
[Ford Foundation Fellow, 1998-1999]

Wilson, Joseph F . ed. Tearing down the color bar: a documentary history and analysis of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters . NY: Columbia University Press, 1989.
[Schomburg Center Fellow, 1987-1988]

Yellin, Jean Fagan . Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl: Written By Herself. By Harriet A. Jacobs. edited by L. Maria Child . Edited and with an introduction by Jean Fagan Yellin. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2000.

"Through her brother’s eyes: Incidents and ‘A True Tale’" in Harriett Jacobs and Incidents In The Life Of A Slave Girl: New Critical Essays . Eds. Deborah Garfield and Rafia Zafar. Princeton University Press, 1996.
[Ford Foundation Fellow, 1989-1990]