Wendell Nii Laryea Adjetey

Assistant Professor, Department of History and Classical Studies, McGill University

Wendell Nii Laryea Adjetey is Assistant Professor in the Department of History and Classical Studies at McGill University. He is a historian of post-Reconstruction United States, specializing on the African American experience and African Diaspora in Canada and the Caribbean. Before arriving at McGill, Adjetey held the W. L. Mackenzie King Fellowship at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and Department of History Lectureship. Adjetey’s first monograph—Cross-Border Cosmopolitans: The Making of a Pan-African North America, 1919-1992—is under contract with the University of North Carolina Press. His research has garnered prizes and fellowships from many sources: SSHRC, the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, University of Pennsylvania, Yale, and Princeton, to name a few. In 2017-18, he was Visiting Scholar and Pre-Doctoral Fellow at MIT, and in 2016-17, Visiting Scholar and Senior Resident Fellow at Massey College, University of Toronto. Adjetey earned the M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. from Yale University. 

Keisha N. Blain

Associate Professor of History, University of Pittsburgh
President of the African American Intellectual History Society

Keisha N. Blain is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh and President of the African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS). She completed a Ph.D. in History from Princeton University. Her research interests include Black internationalism, radical politics, and global feminisms. Blain is the author of Set the World on Fire: Black Nationalist Women and the Global Struggle for Freedom (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018), which won the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians Book Prize and the Darlene Clark Hine Award from the Organization of American Historians. She is also the co-editor of To Turn the Whole World Over: Black Women and Internationalism (University of Illinois Press, 2019); New Perspectives on the Black Intellectual Tradition (Northwestern University Press, 2018); and Charleston Syllabus: Readings on Race, Racism, and Racial Violence (University of Georgia Press, 2016). Blain is currently a 2019-2020 W.E.B. Du Bois Fellow at Harvard’s Hutchins Center, where she is working on her next book, East Unites with West: Black Women, Japan, and Visions of Afro-Asian Solidarity (under contract, University of Pennsylvania Press).

Diana Eck

Professor of Comparative Religion and Indian Studies
Frederic Wertham Professor of Law and Psychiatry in Society, Harvard University

Diana Eck is Professor of Comparative Religion and Indian Studies and Frederic Wertham Professor of Law and Psychiatry in Society. Her work on India as a scholar of religion has included Banaras, City of Light and, more recently, an extensive study of pilgrimage traditions in India, India: A Sacred Geography. With the post-1965 renewal of Asian immigration to the U.S., Diana also turned her attention to the U.S. and the increasing presence of Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, and Buddhist traditions in the American landscape. She began The Pluralism Project in 1993 to document and better understand the complex religious landscape of the U.S. and how we, as a people, have encountered the dilemmas of difference. Her book, A New Religious America: How a ‘Christian Country’ has become the World’s Most Multireligious Nation, builds on the work of the Pluralism Project and its extensive website and resources.


Adriane Lentz-Smith

Associate Professor and Associate Chair, Department of History, Duke University

Adriane Lentz-Smith is Associate Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of History at Duke University, where she also holds appointments in African & American Studies and Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies. She is an historian of the twentieth-century United States and of the black freedom struggle with a particular focus on the intersection of African-American history with histories of the U. S. and the World.  The author of Freedom Struggles: African Americans and World War I (Harvard 2009), she is working on a new project, “The Slow Death of Sagon Penn:  State Violence and the Twilight of Civil Rights,” about police violence and the remaking of white supremacy in Reagan-Era California.  Lentz-Smith lives in Durham, North Carolina where she hosts the community conversations series, “The Ethics of Now.” She earned her PhD in History at Yale University and BA in History at Harvard-Radcliffe.

Earl Lewis

Thomas C. Holt Distinguished University Professor of History, Afroamerican and African Studies, and Public Policy, University of Michigan
Director, Center for Social Solutions, University of Michigan

Earl Lewis is the Thomas C. Holt Distinguished University Professor of history, Afroamerican and African Studies, and Public Policy and director of the Center for Social Solutions. From March 2013-2018, he served as President of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. An author and esteemed social historian, he is past President of the Organization of American Historians. A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2008) and the recipient of eleven honorary degrees, he has held faculty and administrative appointments at Michigan (1989-2004) and the University of California, Berkeley (1984-89). From 2004-2012, he served as Emory University’s Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of History and African American Studies. In addition to prior service on a number of nonprofit and governmental boards, Lewis chairs the board of Regents at Concordia College, is a trustee of ETS and a director of 2U and the Capital Group, American Funds. 

Sean Mills

Professor and Canada Research Chair in Canadian and Transnational History, University of Toronto

Sean Mills is professor and Canada Research Chair in Canadian and Transnational History at the University of Toronto. He is the author of The Empire Within: Postcolonial Thought and Political Activism in Sixties Montreal (2010), as well as A Place in the Sun: Haiti, Haitians, and the Remaking of Quebec (2016). Mills is also the co-editor of New World Coming: The Sixties and the Shaping of Global Consciousness (2009), and Canada and the Third World: Overlapping Histories (2016).

Karyn Pugliese

Associate Professor, Ryerson University

Karyn Pugliese has 20 years experience in journalism and communications and is currently Associate Professor at Ryerson University.  As a journalist Pugliese is best known for her work as Executive Director of News and current Affairs at the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) in Canada. She sits on the board of CJFE (Canadian Journalists for Free Expression), and is president of the Canadian Association of Journalists.  Pugliese recently received the Gordon Sinclair Award for Broadcast Journalism (2017), the Hyman Solomon Award for Public Policy (2019), and was co recipient of NAJA's 2019 Elias Boudinot Free Press Award. In 2019-2020 Pugliese received the Martin Wise Goodman Canadian Nieman Fellowship and is currently at Harvard University, studying strategies to implement Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action for media. 

Joe William Trotter

Giant Eagle Professor of History and Social Justice, History Department, Carnegie Mellon University

Joe William Trotter, Jr. is the Giant Eagle Professor of History and Social Justice and past History Department Chair at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Recently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he is also the Director and Founder of Carnegie Mellon’s Center for Africanamerican Urban Studies and the Economy (CAUSE) and President Elect of the Urban History Association. His latest publication is Workers on Arrival: Black Labor in the Making of America (University of California Press, 2019). Professor Trotter received his BA degree from Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Minnesota. He is currently working on a study of African American urban life since the Atlantic slave trade.

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Penny Von Eschen

William R. Kennan Jr. Professor of American Studies and Professor of History, University of Virginia

Penny Von Eschen is William R. Kennan Jr. Professor of American Studies and Professor of History and at the University of Virginia. She is currently working on a book on “Global 1948 and the crisis of authority in anticolonial counterpublics.”

She is author of the forthcoming “God I Miss the Cold War”: Nostalgia, Triumphalism, and Global Disorder Since 1989, (Harvard 2021); Satchmo Blows Up the World: Jazz Ambassadors Play the Cold War, (Harvard 2004), and Race against Empire: Black Americans and Anticolonialism, 1937-1957, (Cornell 1997). She is a co-editor along with Manisha Sinha of Contested Democracy: Freedom, Race, and Power in American History, Columbia University Press, 2007; and American Studies: An Anthology, Janice Radway, Kevin Gaines, Barry Shank, and Penny Von Eschen editors, Blackwell Press, January 2009. Recent essays include “Soul Call: The First Word Festival of Negro Arts at a Pivot of Black Modernities,” in Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art, Number 42-43 November/2018, 124-135;“Black Ops Diplomacy: The Foreign Policy of Popular Culture,” Scott Laderman and Tim Grunenwald eds., Imperial Benevolence, (UC Press, 2018); “Neoliberalism, the Decline of Diplomacy, and the Rise of the Global Right,” The H-Diplo/ISSF Policy Series: America and the World - 2017 and Beyond, March 2017; “Di Eagle and di Bear: Who Gets to Tell the Story of the Cold War?” Ronald Radano and Teju Olaniyan eds, Audible Empire: Music, Global Politics, Critique, (Duke 2016), 189-208; “Memory and the study of US Foreign Relations,” in Frank Costiogliola and Michael Hogan eds., Explaining US Foreign Relations, (Cambridge 2016) 304-316; and“Colloquy: Queering America and the World,” Laura Belmonte, Mark Bradley, Julio Capó Jr., Paul Farber, Shanon Fitzpatrick, Melani McAlister, David Minto, Michael Sherry, Naoka Shibusawa, Penny Von Eschen, Diplomatic History (2016) 40 (1) 19-80.

Elke Winter

William Lyon Mackenzie King Visiting Professor of Canadian Studies, Canada Program, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University
Professor of Sociology, University of Ottawa
Elke Winter is the 2019-20 William Lyon Mackenzie King Visiting Professor of Canadian Studies, Harvard University and Professor of Sociology at the University of Ottawa where she also co-chairs the research cluster on Migration, Ethnic Pluralism and Citizenship at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Citizenship and Minorities’. Her work examines the relations between symbolic classification processes, material inequalities, and pluralist inclusion in ethnically diverse societies. Her first book, Max Weber et les relations ethniques: Du refus du biologisme racial à l'Etat multinational (Les Presses de l'Université Laval, 2004) critically reflects upon the discipline of sociology, its relation with nationalism, and the struggle to overcome conceptions of social differentiation rooted in biological/racial or cultural “difference”. Her second book, the award-winning Us, Them, and Others: Pluralism and National Identity in Diverse Societies (University of Toronto Press, 2011) uses Canada as an example to examine the interests and ideas that propel a national majority to integrate a positively connoted conception of ethnic diversity into its collective identity. The book provides a theory of the formation and formulas of pluralist group identities. At Harvard, as the WLMK Chair, Winter is working on a new monograph, tentatively entitled Multicultural Citizenship for the Highly Skilled?, which examines how expressions of citizenship – access, loss, and claims – (re)define the outer boundaries of the Canadian nation.