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Jonathan Holloway



Jonathan Holloway became Provost of Northwestern University on August 1, 2017.  He is Northwestern University's Chief Academic Officer and an ex officio member of the faculty of each school. In this role he:

Provost Holloway is Professor of History and African American Studies. He specializes on post-emancipation United States history with a focus on social and intellectual 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 published by the University of North Carolina Press. He 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 the introduction for the 2015 edition of W.E.B. Du Bois’s Souls of Black Folk, (Yale University Press), has submitted a survey tentatively titled The Cause of Freedom: A Concise History of the African American Past for Oxford University Press, and is working on a new book, A History of Absence: Race and the Making of the Modern World.

Before moving to Northwestern, Holloway was the Dean of Yale College and Edmund S. Morgan Professor of African American Studies, History, and American Studies at Yale University.

Holloway received a bachelor’s degree with honors in American Studies from Stanford University and a PhD in History from Yale University. He began his academic career at the University of California, San Diego, before joining the faculty at Yale in 1999.

Holloway serves on boards of the Chicago Botanic Garden, Illinois Humanities, the National Humanities Alliance, the Society for United States Intellectual History, and the Organization of American Historians.

He is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Society of American Historians.

Jonathan Holloway, Provost
2-143 Crown, Evanston Campus
Phone: 847 491-5117
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