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Alumnus Named Next Provost at Northwestern

December 14, 2016

Yale College Dean Jonathan Holloway (PhD 1995, History), the Edmund S. Morgan Professor of African American Studies and professor of history and American studies at Yale, will become the provost of Northwestern University on July 1.

Holloway joined Yale’s history department as an assistant professor in 1999 and received tenure five years later. He served as the master of Calhoun College from 2005 to 2014 and chaired the African American Studies Department from 2013 to 2014. In 2014, he became dean of Yale College.

Holloway’s scholarly focus is on post-emancipation American history with an emphasis on intellectual history and cultural studies. His books include Jim Crow Wisdom: Memory and Identity in Black America Since 1940; Confronting the Veil: Abram Harris Jr., E. Franklin Frazier, and Ralph Bunche, 1919-1941; and Black Scholars on the Line: Race, Social Science, and American Thought in the Twentieth Century America (with co-editor Ben Keppel). In addition, he has edited critical editions of the writings of Ralph Bunche and W.E.B. DuBois.

Holloway is a frequent contributor to documentary projects, recently consulting on “Stories from the Road to Freedom” and providing the voice-over (in the role of Richard Wright) for “Soul of a People: Voices from the Federal Writer’s Project.” He has been a fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center, a visiting fellow at the W.E.B. DuBois Research Institute at Harvard, and an Alphonse Fletcher Sr. Fellow. Currently, he is also a distinguished lecturer for the Organization of American Historians.

I have held a wide variety of positions at Yale over the course of these years, but from any perspective one thing remains clear: This is a very special place,” Holloway says. “I fondly recall taking courses from giants in the history department, like David Montgomery, David Brion Davis, John Demos, and Howard Lamar. It was an embarrassment of riches. What sustained me, though, were the relationships that I built with my peers. I still lean on the connections I forged then, and I expect I always will.”