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Black Scholars. Many Voices.

Seeks to highlight black scholars who contribute to the world's knowledge in a diverse set of subject areas.

Scholar Gallery

Angela Davis

Angela Davis

American political activist, philosopher, academic, Marxist feminist, and author. Davis is a professor emerita at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Photo by DILINHOS - CC BY-SA 3.0

Teju Cole

Teju Cole '96

Photo by Wes Washington -CC BY-SA 3.0

Nigerian-American writer and Kalamazoo College alum. He is also a photographer and art historian.

Annette Gordon

Annette Gordan Reed

American historian and law professor noted for changing scholarship on Thomas Jefferson regarding his relationship with Sally Hemings and her children.

Photo by David Shankbone - CC BY 3.0

Henry Louis Gates

Henry Louis Gates

American literary critic, teacher, historian, filmmaker and public intellectual who serves as the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University.

Photo by Peabody Awards / CC BY

The Signifying Monkey

bell hooks

bell hooks

American author, professor, feminist, and social activist. hooks has published more than 30 books, ranging in topics from black men, patriarchy, and masculinity to self-help, engaged pedagogy to personal memoirs, and sexuality.

Photo by Alex Lozupone (Tduk) -CC-BY-SA

Additional Selected Black Scholars

Teju Cole

Teju Cole

Photo by Wes Washington - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

 

Nigerian-American writer and Kalamazoo College alum. He is also a photographer and art historian.

G. Gabrielle Starr

G. Gabrielle Starr

Photo from pomona.edu

Scholar of English literature whose work reaches into neuroscience and the arts. Starr took office as the 10th president of Pomona College in 2017.

Toni Morrison

Morrison in 1998

Photo by John Mathew Smith (celebrity-photos.com) - Flickr (archive), CC BY-SA 2.0

American novelist, essayist, book editor, and college professor. 

Henry Lewis Gates, Jr.

Gates with his Peabody Award for his documentary, The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross

Photo by Peabody Awards / CC BY

American literary critic, teacher, historian, filmmaker and public intellectual who serves as the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University.

Yvonne Welbon

Yvonne Welbon 

Photo from http://yvonnewelbon.com/

American independent film director, producer, and screenwriter based in Chicago.

Rhonda Vonshay Sharpe

Rhonda Vonshay Sharpe CEO of WISER

Photo from wiserpolicy.org

Founder and President of the Women’s Institute for Science, Equity and Race.  Sharpe was named a "Black Scholars You Should Know" by TheBestSchools.org and BlackEnterprise.com. She is the co-editor of the Review of Black Political Economy and served as the past President of the National Economic Association.  In 2019 she was selected to serve on the Center for American Progress’s National Advisory Council on Eliminating the Black-White Wealth Gap.

Kobi K. K. Kambon

Kobi K. K. Kambon

Photo from Chicago Crusador

Educator and psychologist whose theory and research has been particularly influential in areas relating to African Psychology, cultural survival in the face of cultural oppression, and mental health. Kambon retired from his position as Department chair and professor in the Psychology Department at Florida A&M University in 2014 following a successful 30-year career at the institution.

Claude Mason Steele

Steele at TeachAIDS event

Photo by TeachAIDS from Stanford, California, USA / CC BY-SA

African-American social psychologist. Steele was executive vice chancellor and provost at the University of California, Berkeley, and currently is professor of psychology at Stanford University.

Bettina L. Love

Bettina L. Love

Photo by @blovesoulpower/Instagram

Award-winning author and Associate Professor of Educational Theory & Practice at the University of Georgia. Dr. Love is one of the field’s most esteemed educational researchers in the area of Hip Hop education.

Patricia Hill Collins

Patricia Hill Collins

Photo by Valter Campanato/Agência Brasil CC BY 3.0

Distinguished University Professor of Sociology, specializing in race, class and gender, at the University of Maryland, College Park.

John Henrik Clarke

photo from blackpast.org

African-American historian, professor, and pioneer in the creation of Pan-African and Africana studies and professional institutions in academia since the 1960s.

Carter G. Woodson

Dr. Carter G. Woodson

Photo by Unknown author - NPGallery, Public Domain, Link

American historian, author, journalist, and founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. Woodson was one of the first scholars to study the history of the African diaspora and African-American history.

Robin Kelley

Robin Kelley

Photo from UCLA History Department

American historian and academic, Kelley is the Gary B. Nash Professor of American History at UCLA.

bell hooks

bell hooks in 2009

Photo by Cmongirl - Own work, Public Domain, Link

Gloria Jean Watkins, known by her pen name bell hooks, is an American author, professor, feminist, and social activist. hooks has published more than 30 books, ranging in topics from black men, patriarchy, and masculinity to self-help, engaged pedagogy to personal memoirs, and sexuality.

Mary Frances Berry

Mary Frances BerryP

Photo from Penn Arts & Sciences, Dept. of History

American historian, writer, lawyer, activist and professor who focuses on U.S. constitutional and legal, African-American history. Berry is the Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought, History and Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.

Robyn C. Spencer

Robyn C. Spencer

Photo from the Graduate Center, Lehman College

Historian who focuses on Black social protest after World War II, urban and working-class radicalism, and gender. Spencer teaches survey and seminar courses on African American Heritage, Civil rights and Black Power and Black women's history at Lehman College.

Cornell West

Cornel West in 2018

Photo by Gage Skidmore, CC BY-SA 3.0

African American philosopher, political activist, social critic, author, and public intellectual. West is Professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy at Harvard University and holds the title of Professor Emeritus at Princeton University.

James H. Cone

James H. Cone in 1998

Photo by CoolhappysteveCC BY-SA 3.0

American theologian, best known for his advocacy of black theology and black liberation theology. Cone's1969 book Black Theology and Black Power provided a new way to comprehensively define the distinctiveness of theology in the black church.

Angela Davis

Angela Davis in 2010

Photo by DILINHOS - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

American political activist, philosopher, academic, Marxist feminist, and author. Davis is a professor emerita at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Annette Gordon-Reed

Annette Gordon-Reed in 2011

Photo by David Shankbone - Own work, CC BY 3.0, Link

American historian and law professor. Gordon-Reed is the Charles Warren Professor of American Legal History at Harvard University, where she is also the Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and professor of history in the university's Faculty of Arts & Sciences. Gordon-Reed is noted for changing scholarship on Thomas Jefferson regarding his relationship with Sally Hemings and her children.

Kwame Anthony Appiah

Kwame Anthony Appiah

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British-Ghanaian philosopher, cultural theorist, and novelist whose interests include political and moral theory, the philosophy of language and mind, and African intellectual history.

Stephen L. Carter

Stephen L. Carter

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American law professor at Yale University, writes on legal and social policy, columnist, and best-selling novelist.

Thomas Sowell

Thomas Sowell in 1964

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American economist and social theorist who is currently a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. Sowell was born in North Carolina but grew up in Harlem, New York.

William Julius Wilson

William Julius Wilson in 2013

Photo from Harvard University Dept. of Sociology

American sociologist. He is a professor at Harvard University and author of works on urban sociology, race and class issues.

Beverly Daniel Tatum

Beverly Daniel Tatum

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Psychologist, administrator, and educator who has conducted research and written books on the topic of racism. Focusing specifically on race in education, racial identity development in teenagers, and assimilation of black families and youth in white neighborhoods.

John McWhorter

 

John McWhorter

Photo from Columbia University

American academic and associate professor of English and comparative literature at Columbia University, where he teaches linguistics, American studies, philosophy, and music history.

Anthony Abraham Jack

Anthony Jack

Photo from Harvard Graduate School of Education

Assistant Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Shutzer Assistant Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw

Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw in 2019

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American lawyer, civil rights advocate, philosopher, and a leading scholar of critical race theory who developed the theory of intersectionality. She is a full-time professor at the UCLA School of Law and Columbia Law School, where she specializes in race and gender issues.

Angela P. Harris

Angela Harris

Photo from UC Davis School of Law

American legal scholar at UC Davis School of Law, in the fields of critical race theory, feminist legal scholarship, and criminal law. She held the position of professor of law at UC Berkeley School of Law, joining the faculty in 1988.

And the list goes on . . .