Jonathan Scott Holloway

Jonathan Scott Holloway

Provost at Northwestern University, Jonathan Holloway specializes in postemancipation 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 is currently working on a new book project, "The History of Absence: The Making of the Modern Black World." He won the William Clyde DeVane Award for Distinguished Scholarship and Teaching in Yale College in 2009. He 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.


  • Memory and History in Post-1941 Black America
  • Museums and Heritage Tourism in the Black Atlantic World


Whose Memories Matter? Race, Identity, and the Battle for American History

This lecture was presented as the annual Robert H. Ewing Lecture and also as part of the Created Equal Symposium at Lycoming College, Williamsport, Pennsylvania, and recorded in April 2015.

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