Greetings from the Chair
2021 - Present
Alejandro de la FuenteAlejandro de la Fuente , Robert Woods Bliss Professor of Latin American History and Economics;
Professor of African and African American Studies and of History; Director, Afro-Latin American Research Institute, Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University, becomes the interim Chair of the Department of African and African American Studies in July of 2021.
Tommie Shelby, Caldwell Titcomb Professor of African and African American Studies and of Philosophy
Lawrence D. Bobo
Lawrence D. Bobo, W. E. B. Du Bois Professor of the Social Sciences, becomes chair of the Department of African and African American Studies.
Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham
Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, Victor S. Thomas Professor of History and of African and African American Studies, becomes the second woman to chair the department and the second black woman to be appointed a full professor with tenure in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. She is also the first African American with a tenured appointment in the Department of History.
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Henry Louis Gates, Jr., accepts Harvard's appointment as W. E. B. Du Bois Professor of the Humanities and begins his tenure as chair of the Department of Afro-American Studies and director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research.
Barbara Johnson, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, serves as interim chair of the Department of Afro-American Studies. At the initiative of President Derek Bok and Dean Henry Rosovsky, Johnson leads the search for a new chair of Afro-American Studies and a new director of the Du Bois Institute.
1984-87 & 1988-90
Werner Sollors, Henry B. and Anne M. Cabot Professor of English Literature and Professor of Afro-American Studies, serves as chair of the Department of Afro-American Studies.
Nathan Irvin Huggins
Nathan Irvin Huggins, W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of History and Afro-American Studies, serves as chair of the Department of Afro-American Studies and as Director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Center for Afro-American Research.
Eileen Southern, professor of Afro-American studies and music, becomes chair of the Department of Afro-American Studies. She is the first black woman to be appointed full professor with tenure at Harvard.
Professor Ewart Guinier is named first chair of the Department of Afro-American Studies.