The Most Cited Black Scholars in the Humanities in 2006

Last week JBHE reported the results of our annual survey of citation rankings of black scholars in the social sciences. This week we list the black scholars who received the most citations in humanities journals during 2006.

For the third time in the past five years, Paul Gilroy, Anthony Giddens Professor in Social Theory at the London School of Economics, is ranked first. He had 105 citations in humanities journals in 2006, six fewer than a year ago.

Toni Morrison, the Nobel laureate and Princeton University professor, saw her citation count increase from 95 in 2005 to 100 this past year, placing her in second place. Harvard University’s Henry Louis Gates Jr. dropped to third place with 76 citations, down from 113 in 2005.

Also among the most highly cited black scholars in the humanities are novelist Alice Walker, poet bell hooks, and Princeton philosopher K. Anthony Appiah. In addition, Princeton’s Cornel West; Paule Marshall of New York University; literary critic and novelist Albert Murray; Colin Palmer, Dodge Professor of History at Princeton University; Trudier Harris, J. Carlyle Sitterson Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; author Chinua Achebe, who teaches at Bard College; and Houston A. Baker, who left Duke University a year ago for Vanderbilt University, were among the citation leaders in the humanities.