" It was an honor and a privilege to be part of the first cohort of visiting scholars at the James Weldon Johnson Institute.  The genuine commitment to interdisciplinary study combined with the rich resources of Atlanta and Emory University made it an ideal place to conduct research on the black freedom movement.  Every scholar should have the good fortune to work in such an intellectually stimulating and supportive environment.  This year will stay with me for a long time to come."
  Robbie Lieberman,
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
National Call for Applications
The James Weldon Johnson Institute of Emory University invites applications for its Visiting Scholars Program whose focus is upon the modern civil rights movement. Supported by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Visiting Scholars Program provides up to five fellowships for both junior and senior scholars and their career equivalents each academic year. We welcome applications from scholars in the humanities, the humanistic social sciences and law. We are interested in research projects in American Studies, African American Studies, English, Ethnic Studies, Gay and Lesbian Studies, History, Law, Music and Women’s Studies that examine the origins, evolution, impact and legacy of the modern civil rights movement from 1905, or the rise of the Niagara Movement, to the present. We also support research projects that examine the civil rights movement and its points of intersection with other social justice movements such as the Women’s Movement, the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgendered Movement, and the Human Rights Movement. Scholars will each teach one course in the spring semester. The deadline for applications is January 27, 2012. Notification of award is February 27, 2012. Visiting Scholars will be in residence at Emory’s Johnson Institute for the academic year 2012-2013. Candidates must hold a Ph. D. at the time of application.

Visiting Scholars 2011-2012
Visiting Scholars Archive

Program Structure
Supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Visiting Scholars Program is the core program of the Johnson Institute. With its focus upon the modern civil rights movement from 1905 to the present, the Visiting Scholars Program is the first and only residential program of its kind in the nation. Within the framework of the Visiting Scholars Program, the modern civil rights movement is defined as beginning with the establishment of the Niagara Movement of 1905, a movement that defined itself in opposition to the policies of Booker T. Washington. The program supports new Ph.Ds, faculty members, and independent scholars with a distinguished record of research and undergraduate or graduate teaching in the humanities, the humanistic social sciences and law on the modern civil rights movement. The Visiting Scholars Program seeks to foster new research that examines the origins, evolution, impact and legacy of the modern civil rights movement as well as its impact upon other social justice movements in the United States and abroad. These social movements include but are not limited to the Women’s Movement, the Gay and Lesbian Movement and the Human Rights Movement. The Johnson Institute is committed to recruiting only the best and most promising scholars in civil rights. The expectation is that visiting scholars will complete a major work that will assume the form of a monograph or other equally substantial forms of scholarship.

Beyond the Johnson Institute visiting scholars will have two institutional homes: Emory’s School of Law and one of five sponsoring departments. These departments are African American Studies, English, History, Music and the Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts. In designing the program, the leadership of the Johnson Institute considered carefully the complex and special needs of visiting scholars; a desire to maximize their productivity; and the opportunity to effectively use the resources resident at Emory University and in Atlanta, widely recognized as the spiritual home of the modern civil rights movement.

Faculty Hosts
During the period of the residency, visiting scholars will be paired with faculty hosts from the five sponsoring departments and the School of Law. Faculty hosts constitute an important source of support and information for visiting scholars beyond the Johnson Institute. Faculty hosts are senior Emory faculty members who will work collaboratively with the director of the Johnson Institute in order to make the residencies of the visiting scholars productive and meaningful. Faculty hosts are the liaison between the Johnson Institute and colleagues in sponsoring departments as well as the School of Law who share the research interests of visiting scholars. Faculty hosts contribute to the realization of some of the important goals of the Visiting Scholars Program.

While the Johnson Institute remains committed to supporting new research and scholarship on the modern civil rights movement, it is equally committed to the creation of new opportunities for learning for undergraduate and graduate students in this field. With the support and cooperation of the sponsoring departments and the School of Law, visiting scholars will teach one undergraduate or graduate course during the period of their residency. All matters related to the advertisement, cross-listing, and the evaluation of courses will be administered by the sponsoring departments and the School of Law.

Monthly Colloquia
The monthly colloquia are the dynamic framework for the presentation of research by visiting scholars. The colloquia are sponsored by the Johnson Institute and Emory’s Center for Humanistic Inquiry. The objective of this structure is to cultivate the widest possible audience for the monthly colloquia, and to foster a multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary dialogue. Equally important, this structure seeks to foster the creation of a community of scholars that includes the visiting scholars, the faculty and students of the sponsoring departments, the School of Law, along with other visiting scholars in residence at Emory University.

Faculty Seminar on Civil Rights
In order to strengthen and expand the community of scholars constituted by the Visiting Scholars Program, the Johnson Institute also sponsors a Faculty Seminar on Civil Rights. While the monthly colloquia are the framework within which visiting scholars present their research, the Faculty Seminar on Civil Rights is the forum in which they receive even deeper grounding in the field of civil rights. Meeting once during the period of the residency, the faculty seminar is the site for the presentation of perspectives and research on the modern civil rights movement by faculty in Emory College, the Candler School of Theology, and the School of Law. Presenters also include scholars beyond Emory who have shaped the discourse and research on civil rights through their scholarship. The faculty seminar also features presentations by practitioners and leaders within the modern civil rights movement. Beyond serving the vital function of enhancing their knowledge base, the Faculty Seminar on Civil Rights is yet another means of introducing visiting scholars to the many resources of Emory University. The seminar also fosters the creation of a broad community of scholars engaged in research on civil rights. 
- Ph.D.
- U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status as of the application deadline.
- We do not support the completion of doctoral dissertations nor projects in creative writing. Scholars at the level of assistant professors may apply for one grant renewal. When applying for the renewal, scholars will compete for a fellowship among the new pool of applicants.
- $60,000 for full Professor and equivalent with benefits
- $40,000 for Associate Professor and equivalent with benefits
- $30,000 for Assistant Professor and equivalent with benefits
- Period of Residency: one academic year
- Application deadline: January 17, 2012
- Notification of award: February 27, 2012
Application materials are to be emailed to Dorcas Ford Jones at ddoward@emory.edu by January 27, 2012. A complete application packeage includes:
- a completed application form
- research proposal (not to exceed four, double-spaced pages)
- a curriculum vita 
- two letters of recommendation with the applicant's name in the subject line emailed to Dorcas Ford Jones at ddoward@emory.edu
- two sample syllabi
- a one-page teaching statement
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  Visiting Scholars 2011-2012  

Emilye Crosby is professor of history and coordinator of Africana/ Black Studies at SUNY Geneseo. She received her B.A. from Macalester College and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Indiana University. Her teaching and scholarly interests lie in African-American and women's history, especially the modern Civil Rights Movement. At Geneseo, she has been awarded the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, the President's Award for Excellence in Research and Creativity, and the Spencer Roemer Supported Professorship. Her first book, A Little Taste of Freedom: The Black Freedom Struggle in Claiborne County, Mississippi (University of North Carolina press, 2005), was supported by a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship, was awarded the McLemore Prize by the Mississippi Historical Society, and earned an honorable mention for the Organization of American Historians' Liberty Legacy award. She also edited Civil Rights History from the Ground Up: Local Struggles a National Movement (University of Georgia press, 2011). While in residence at the Johnson Institute, she will work on a new book project, "Anything I was big enough to do: A History of SNCC Women," with a focus on case studies of SNCC women in Albany and Atlanta, Georgia. By combining case studies with thematic chapters, Crosby will ground the experiences of SNCC women in the complexity and particulars of specific communities and contexts, while engaging the broad sweep of women's experiences in the organization.

Hilton Kelly is an assistant professor of education at Davidson College. He received his B.A. in history from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and both his M.S. in labor studies and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. In 2006-2007, Kelly received a Consortium for Faculty Diversity Dissertation Fellowship. His research and teaching interests include the Age of Jim Crow, education in African-American history and culture, the lives, work and careers of black educators, critical race theory, and social memory studies. In 2010, he published his first book, titled Race, Remembering, and Jim Crow’s Teachers, in the Routledge Studies in African-American History and Culture Series. The book advances a new theory of collective remembering based upon James Scott’s notion of hidden transcripts--latent reports of the social world created and lived in all-black schools and communities. He argues that participants in his study remember from hidden transcripts which challenge official records of what legally segregated schools used to be; the oral narratives of Jim Crow’s teachers reveal a critique of power and a fight for respectability that shaped teachers’ work in the Age of Jim Crow. During his residency at the Johnson Institute, he will investigate the life and death of civil rights scholar- activist Marion Thompson Wright, a former student and professor at Howard University who committed suicide in 1962. In addition to this biographical project, he is guest co-editing a special issue of Educational Studies on “black teachers theorizing” that rethinks the way in which research on black teachers has focused more on practice than theorizing, which promises to make a significant contribution to the fields of African-American studies and educational studies. His articles have appeared in Urban Education, Educational Studies, The Urban Review, and The American Sociologist.

Daniel Rivers is a historian of U.S. radical social movements and LGBT communities in the twentieth century, the family and sexuality, and Native American history with interdisciplinary training in American Literature and critical theories of gender, race, and sexuality.  He received a BA in English Literature from the University of California at Berkeley, an MA in U.S. Literature from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and a PhD in United States History from Stanford University. He is the recipient of a number of fellowships, including a Social Science Research Council Sexuality fellowship and a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at Smith College, where he taught LGBT history and the history of sexuality and the family. His publications include an article on the history of gay and lesbian custody cases in Journal of Social History and an article on oral histories and lesbian and gay experiences in the pre-liberation movement era that will appear in a forthcoming anthology from Oxford University Press.  He is currently finishing revisions on his book, Radical Relations: Lesbian Mothers, Gay Fathers, and their Children in the United States since the Second World War, under contract with the University of North Carolina Press.

R. Drew Smith is Scholar-in-Residence at the Leadership Center at Morehouse College and is a Fellow in the Department of Philosophy and Systematic Theology at the University of South Africa. He has held faculty appointments at Indiana University and Butler University, visiting appointments at University of Virginia and Case Western Reserve University, and has served as the Director of the Center for the Church and the Black Experience at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Illinois. He has also served as a Fulbright Professor at the University of Pretoria and as a Fulbright Senior Specialist at Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Cameroon. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University, a Master of Divinity degree from Yale Divinity School, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from Yale University. His research and teaching has focused on intersections between religion, race, civil rights, and poverty and has informed a number of projects he has initiated and directed on religion and public life. His work has received support from funders such as Pew Charitable Trusts, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Ford Foundation, the Center for Social Development, and the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion. He is the editor of five books on religion and public life, guest editor of three special journal collections, and is the author of dozens of articles, chapters, and reports. While at the Johnson Institute, he is writing a book under contract with Columbia University Press on contemporary black clergy activism. The book examines operational changes related to the skill sets, professional profile, and financial resources required for effective political participation within America’s contemporary public square, with close attention paid to tactical uses of media technologies and professionalized organizational vehicles, including organized lobbying structures.

Jake Adam York is an associate professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Colorado Denver. He holds a BA in English from Auburn University, an MFA in Creative Writing from Cornell University, and an MA and PhD in English, with a specialization in American Poetry, from Cornell University. He is the author of one work of literary history—The Architecture of Address: The Monument and Public Speech in American Poetry (Routledge 2005), a discussion of the ways visual and architectural systems influenced public poetry from Whitman to Robert Lowell. He is also the author of three books of poems that explore the meaning of the Civil Rights era in contemporary memory, including A Murmuration of Starlings (Southern Illinois University Press 2008), winner of the Colorado Book Award, and Persons Unknown (SIUP 2010). His articles and poems have appeared in numerous publications including The Oxford American, The Southern Review, Arts and Letters Daily, Ninth Letter. While in residence at the Johnson Institute, he will be working on a study of responses to the Civil Rights Movement in sculpture, painting, music, and literature, entitled Monument and Memento. This study seeks to articulate the cultural meaning of the Civil Rights Movement as recorded in works of art; the study will situate those works in the history of their media and in currents of thought that penetrate those media at the moment of their creation. Monument and Memento will examine the work of Maya Lin, Kerry James Marshall, Wynton Marsalis, Jason Moran, Robert Glasper, OutKast, William Faulkner, Harper Lee, and others.

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