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Jonathan Holloway


Ph.D., Yale, 1995


Geographic Field(s):  American History, Since 1900

Thematic Field(s):  African Diaspora and African American History


Jonathan Holloway (Ph.D., Yale, 1995) is Provost of Northwestern University and Professor of History and African American Studies. He specializes in post-emancipation social and intellectual United States history. He is the author of Confronting the Veil: Abram Harris Jr., E. Franklin Frazier, and Ralph Bunche, 1919-1941 (2002) and Jim Crow Wisdom: Memory and Identity in Black America Since 1940 (2013), both with the University of North Carolina Press. The latter of these books won the 2014 American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation. Holloway edited Ralph Bunche’s A Brief and Tentative Analysis of Negro Leadership (NYU Press, 2005) and co-edited Black Scholars on the Line: Race, Social Science, and American Thought in the 20th Century (Notre Dame University Press, 2007). He wrote an introduction for a new edition of W.E.B. Du Bois’s Souls of Black Folk, published by Yale University Press in 2015. He has published essays, reviews, and book chapters in such places as Foreign Affairs, American Quarterly, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Reviews in American History, and The Black Scholar.

Holloway joined the Northwestern faculty in July 2017 and began his term as provost a month later. Before moving to Northwestern, Holloway was the Edmund S. Morgan Professor of History, African American Studies, and American Studies at Yale University. He served as the Dean of Yale College from 2014 to 2017. Prior to the deanship he was the head of Calhoun (Hopper) College from 2005 to 2014.

He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Chicago Botanical Society, the National Humanities Alliance, the United States Air Force Air University, and the Society for United States Intellectual History.

Holloway has held fellowships from the W.E.B. Du Bois Research Institute at Harvard University, the Stanford Humanities Center, the Ford Foundation, and the Danforth Foundation. He was an Alphonse Fletcher Sr. Fellow in 2011-2012. Currently, he is a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians.

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