Greetings from the Chair
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.
At the initiative of President Derek Bok and Henry Rosovsky, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Barbara Johnson, professor of English and American Language and Literature, is selected as interim chair of the Department of Afro-American Studies. 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 acting chair of the department.
Nathan Irving Huggins
Nathan Irving Huggins, professor of history at Columbia University, accepts Harvard's offer to become chair of the Department of Afro-American Studies. He also is named the first permanent director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute 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.