Former Fellows


“Beneath the Veil: The Du Boisian Creed and the Psychic Life of Race”

Adam Dahl (UMass Amherst)
“Constructing Colonial Peoples: W. E. B. Du Bois’ Democratic Transnationalism”

Alexandria Russell (Rutgers University)
“W. E. B. Du Bois & The Phillis Wheatley Brand: Mapping Black Women’s Memorialization in the Early Twentieth Century”

Phillip Luke Sinitiere (College of Biblical Studies)
“Remembering History: Commemorating W. E. B. Du Bois’s Legacy”

Sarah Holm Tanzi (UMass Amherst)
“Facts vs. Feelings: The Shifting Role of W. E. B. Du Bois as Professor and Propagandist in Pursuit of Social Change”

Venus Green (UMass Amherst)
“Crowned in Curled Mists: An Exploration of Du Bois’s Meditations on Black Women’s Oppression, The Power of Black Women’s Aesthetics, and Black Women’s Role in the Futurity of Black Civilization”

Jingjing Zhang is a 2019 W. E. B. Du Bois fellow and a visiting scholar in the W. E. B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at UMass Amherst from August 2018 to August 2019. She is currently a lecturer in Zhejiang International Studies University, Hangzhou, China. She completed her PhD in Foreign Languages and Literatures specializing in the tension between art and propaganda in Du Bois’ novels at Zhejiang
University, Hangzhou, China. She is now working on her provincial project, which is set to be completed in June 2021. The project will present the trajectory of Du Bois’ literary thoughts and his practice of them. It will also include the translation of some important
pieces of Du Bois’ works.

Victoria I. Rizo Lenshyn (UMass Amherst)

Jay Cephas (Northeastern University)

Eliza Araújo (UMass Amherst)

Swait Birla (UMass Amherst)

Heather Brinn (UMass Amherst)

Biko Caruthers (UMass Amherst)

Samantha Davis (UMass Amherst)

Khaleelah Harris (Yale Divinity School)

Jyoti Iyer (UMass Amherst)

Michael Jirik (UMass Amherst)

Peter Kent-Stoll (UMass Amherst)

Stacie Klinowski (UMass Amherst)

Garbriela Stevenson (UMass Amherst)

Goyland Williams (UMass Amherst)

Aaron Yates (UMass Amherst)


  • Josh Odam (UMass Amherst)
  • Camesha Scruggs (UMass Amherst)
  • Marc Lorenc (UMass Amherst)
  • Richard D. Benson II (Spelman College)
    “Funding the ‘Revolution’: Black Power, White Church Money, and the Financial Architects of Black Radicalism 1966-1976”
  • Juliana Góes (UMass Amherst)
    “Du Bois on Brazil: the Construction and Deconstruction of the Racial Democracy Myth”
  • Phillip Luke Sinitiere (College of Biblical Studies)
    “Democracy, Education & Peace: W. E. B. Du Bois’s Late Career Life and Legacy”
  • Lisa McLeod (Guilford College)
    “W.E.B. Du Bois, A World Search for Democracy”
  • Thomas Meagher (UConn)
    Darkwater as Philosophical Classic”
  • Joshua Myers (Howard University)
    “Of Black Study: A Critique of Disciplinary Knoweldges”
  • Benjamin Nolan (UMass Amherst)


  • E. Howard Ashford (UMass Amherst)
    “Understanding the Southern Experience: W.E.B. Du Bois’s Southern Investigation”
  • Charisse Burden-Stelly (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
    “The Radical Horizon of Black Betrayal: Toward a Theory of Antiradical/Antiblack Subjacency”
  • Gaidi Faraj
    “Unearthing the Underground: A study of radical activism in the Black Panther Party and the Black Liberation Army”
  • Brittany M. Frederick (UMass Amherst)
    “Expanding the Talented Tenth”: Du Bois and the Educational Evolution of UMass Amherst”
  • Michael J. Saman
    “The Voice of Time: Classical German Thought and the Ethics of Progress in W.E.B. Du Bois’s The Souls of Black Folk”
  • Erika R. Williams (Emerson College)
    “Tales from Du Bois: The Poetics and Politics of Cross-Caste Romance”


  • John Hyland(English, University of Buffalo and Haverford College)
    “The forest of melody: Black Diasporic Poetics and the Sounding of the Environment”
  • Nicholas T. Rinehart(English, Harvard University)
    “‘These illegitimate children of my thought’: The dramatic work and criticism of W. E. B. Du Bois”


  • Nneka Dennie (Afro-American Studies, UMass Amherst)
    “Black Male Feminism and the Evolution of Du Boisian Thought, 1903-1920” (read)
  • Crystal Webster(Afro-American Studies, UMass Amherst)
    “‘The Transfiguring Soul of Childhood’: Du Bois and the Social, Political, and Cultural Role of Black Children”


  • Brandon Byrd(Assistant Professor of History, Mississippi State University and University of North Carolina)
    “The Problem of Haiti as it Stands Today: W.E.B. Du Bois on the U.S. Occupation of Haiti, 1915-1934″
  • Donald Geesling(Afro-American Studies, UMass Amherst)
    “Black Song and the Talented Tenth: The Musical Imagination of W.E.B. Du Bois, 1902-1942”


  • Horace D. Ballard Jr.(Public Humanities, History of Art, and American Studies, Brown University)
    “Ethics and Aesthetics: Citizenship and Form”
  • Emahunn Raheem Ali Campbell(Afro-American Studies, UMass Amherst)
    “W.E.B. Du Bois’s Literary Interventions on Black Criminality”
  • Daniel Chard(History, UMass Amherst)
    Exploring the history of ’60s-’70s radical groups allows Chard to investigate the origins of the first police institutions in the U.S. dedicated to domestic “counter-terrorism”


  • J. Anthony Guillory (Afro-American Studies, UMass Amherst)
    “The Physical Uplift of Race”
  • Desmond Jagmohan(Government, Cornell)
    “Creating Community, Cultivating Citizens, and Interrogating Jim Crow: The Political Thought of Booker T. Washington”


  • Markeysha Davis(Afro-American Studies, UMass Amherst)
    “Daring propaganda for the beauty of the Human Mind: Redefinition and Reaffirmation of the New Black Self in Poetry and Drama of the 1960s and 1970s”
  • Ricky Fayne(English, Northwestern)
    “‘The Shadow of a Mighty Negro Past’: Du Bois and the Re-memory of Africa in to the Black America”