Thesis Prizes

The following prizes are awarded annually at the Department's graduation celebration held the Wednesday before Commencement. The deadline for prize applications is Friday, April 7, 2017. For more information on these awards please contact:

AAAS
Graduate and Undergraduate Program Officer
Office:
Email:
Barker Center
aehines@fas.harvard.edu
Phone:
Fax:

(617) 384-7767
(617) 496-2871

 

Kwame Anthony Appiah Prize

Most outstanding thesis relating to the African diaspora

Eligibility: All Thesis Writers in Harvard College

This prize was established in 2005 by Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Henry Finder. The Kwame Anthony Appiah Prize is named for our distinguished colleague who served the Department from 1991-2002. Anthony Appiah was the Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Philosophy at Princeton University, before moving to New York University in 2014. He currently holds an appointment at NYU's Department of Philosophy and NYU's School of Law. The premier philosopher in African and African American Studies, Professor Appiah also provided kind guidance to our students in his roles as Head Tutor and Director of Graduate Studies.  This prize honors the graduating senior who has written the most outstanding thesis relating to the African diaspora.

Application

Kathryn Ann Huggins Prize

Most outstanding thesis relating to African American life, history, or culture

Eligibility: All Thesis Writers in Harvard College

This prize was established in 1987 by Kathryn Huggins’s brother, the late Professor Nathan I. Huggins, W. E. B. Du Bois Professor of History and of Afro-American Studies, to remember Kathryn by bringing attention to the values she held most dear: personal commitment and dedication to study, humanism through the study of other peoples and cultures, and respect for the marginalized and dispossessed. A monetary prize is awarded to the senior who has written the most outstanding thesis on a topic relating to African American life, history, or culture. All applicants must submit the application form, a copy of the thesis, a letter of recommendation from their thesis advisor, thesis reader comments, a one-page abstract of the thesis, and a C.V. to our Graduate and Undergraduate Program Officer, Room 232 in the Barker Center.

Application
 

Dorothy Hicks Lee Prize

Most outstanding thesis concerning African or African American literature

Eligibility: All Thesis Writers in Harvard College

Established in 1995 by her daughter and son, this prize honors Dorothy Hicks Lee by bringing attention to her commitment to cross-cultural studies and to her gift for making students understand the ways in which literature is relevant to their lives. She was the first African American and the first woman to earn a Doctorate from the Comparative Literature Department of Harvard University. A monetary prize will be awarded for the outstanding senior thesis submitted on the topic of African American literature. All applicants must submit the application form, a copy of the thesis, a letter of recommendation from their thesis advisor, thesis reader comments, a one-page abstract of the thesis, and a C.V. to our Graduate and Undergraduate Program Officer, Room 232 in the Barker Center.

Application
 

Philippe Wamba Prize

Best senior thesis in African Studies

Eligibility: All Thesis Writers in Harvard College

A 1993 graduate of Harvard College, Philippe Wamba, in his short life, had a profound impact on his fellow students and the faculty of the African and African American Studies Department. Following his graduation, he soon returned to Harvard University where he became the Editor-in-Chief of Africana.com. Known for his remarkable personality as well as his outstanding intellectual capability, Philippe Wamba’s life is celebrated through this prize honoring the best senior thesis in African Studies. A monetary prize will be awarded. All applicants must submit the application form, a copy of the thesis, a letter of recommendation from their thesis advisor, thesis reader comments, a one-page abstract of the thesis, and a C.V. to our Graduate and Undergraduate Program Officer, Room 232 in the Barker Center.

Application