Professors Lawrence Bobo and Marcyliena Morgan Have Agreed to Return to Harvard University

As reported in JBHE last May, then interim president of Harvard University Derek Bok approved the appointment of African-American scholar Marcyliena Morgan to a tenured position at Harvard. Now, Morgan, a linguistic anthropologist, and her husband, the esteemed sociologist Lawrence Bobo, have agreed to return to Harvard from Stanford University.

In 2004 Lawrence Summers, who was then president of Harvard University, decided to overrule the African and African-American studies department’s unanimous decision to award tenure to Professor Morgan. Stanford then offered both scholars tenured faculty posts.

This January both Morgan and Bobo will join the department of African and African-American studies at Harvard. Bobo will hold a joint appointment in sociology.