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The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture Selects Morgan State University Assistant Professor for 2022-2023 Scholars in Residence Program

by Morgan State U
July 27, 2022

Cohort of Talented Academics to Conduct Research at New York Public Library’s Renowned Repository Containing Extensive African Diasporic Archival Collections

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a world-leading cultural institution devoted to the research, preservation, and exhibition of materials focused on African American, African Diaspora, and African experiences, announced A. J. Verdelle, MFA, assistant professor of English within the James H. Gilliam, Jr. College of Liberal Arts (CLA) at Morgan, will participate in its 39th class of Scholars-In-Residence Fellows Program. The Program offers long-term and short-term fellowships to support a highly selective cohort of scholars and writers who are pursuing projects that benefit from the Center's extensive resources spanning African diasporic history, politics, literature and culture.

The 2022-23 Scholars-in-Residence Program, which runs from September to July, will include seven long-term fellows who will be in residence at the Schomburg for either one semester or the full year. The new group will be undertaking a strikingly broad array of research topics, from a study of the role of Islam in African diasporic political movements in the twentieth century to the history of African visual art in the era of decolonization, among many more. Scholars-in-Residence Fellows receive a stipend and the use of a private office in the Scholars Center, located at the heart of the Schomburg Center. 

Since its establishment in 1983, the Schomburg Scholars-in-Residence Program has supported more than 248 scholars and writers, cementing its reputation as the premier residential research fellowship in the country for the fields of African American, African Diaspora and African studies.

Congratulations Prof. Verdelle on your designation and contributing to Morgan’s company of award-winning faculty. To learn more about Prof. Verdelle’s research and the 2022 Scholars-in-Residence cohort, abstracts of their projects are linked here to view online.