OAH Distinguished Lecturer Profile

OAH Distinguished Lectureship program 40 years 1981-2021

Jonathan Scott Holloway

Portrait of Jonathan Scott Holloway

President of Rutgers University, Jonathan Holloway specializes in post-emancipation social and intellectual history. He is the author of Confronting the Veil: Abram Harris Jr., E. Franklin Frazier, and Ralph Bunche, 1919-1941 (2002); the editor of Ralph Bunche's A Brief and Tentative Analysis of Negro Leadership (2005); and the coeditor of Black Scholars on the Line: Race, Social Science, and American Thought in the Twentieth Century (2007). In Jim Crow Wisdom: Memory, Identity, and Politics in Black America since 1940 (2013), which won the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation, Holloway uses popular literature, memoir, documentary film, and heritage tourism to ask critical questions of the historian's craft. Most recently he wrote a new introduction to W.E.B. Du Bois's classic The Souls of Black Folk (2015). He won the William Clyde DeVane Award for Distinguished Scholarship and Teaching in Yale College in 2009. Holloway was previously the Provost at Northwestern University and has held fellowships from the W.E.B. Du Bois Research Institute at Harvard University, the Stanford Humanities Center, and the Ford Foundation, and he was an Alphonse Fletcher Sr. Fellow in 2011-2012.

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