Three Black Scholars Named to American Council of Learned Societies Fellowships

The American Council of Learned Societies recently announced the selection of this year’s cohort of Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowships for Recently Tenured Scholars. The fellowships allow newly tenured scholars in the humanities and social sciences to pursue long-term ambitious research projects. The fellowships, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, are named after the former president of the American Council of Learned Societies. Each fellow receives a $95,000 stipend and a research budget of up to $7,500.

This year there are 22 new fellows. Three of the 22 new fellows are African Americans.

Kareem Khalifa is an associate professor of philosophy at Middlebury College in Vermont. He will spend his fellowship at the Institute for Liberal Arts at Emory University in Atlanta during the 2019-20 academic year. Dr. Khalifa is s graduate of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where he double majored in philosophy and mathematical method in the social sciences. He holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Emory University.

Naaborko Sackeyfio-Lenoch is an associate professor of history at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. She will spend her fellowship year in residence in the program of African studies at Northwestern University in Evnston, Illinois. There, she will work on her book project with the tentative title of Global Ghana, Itinerant Citizens and the Making of a New Nation. Her first book was The Politics of Chieftaincy: Authority and Property in Colonial Ghana, 1920-1950 (University of Rochester Press, 2014). Dr. Sackeyfio-Lenoch is a graduate of Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina. She holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Andrea N. Williams is an associate professor of English at Ohio State University. She will spend the 2017-18 academic year at the National Humanities Center in Durham, North Carolina, working on her project Unmarried Misfits: Single Women and Twentieth-Century Black Culture. Dr. Williams is the author of Dividing Lines: Class Anxiety and Postbellum Black Fiction (University of Michigan Press, 2013). She is a graduate of Spelman College in Atlanta and holds a Ph.D. From the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


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