Jonathan Holloway

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Dean of Yale College and Edmund S. Morgan Professor of African American Studies, History, and American Studies
Ph.D., Yale University, 1995 U.S.: 20th century US history; African American history since 1895; Urban studies
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Jonathan Holloway (GRD, 1995), is Dean of Yale College and Edmund S. Morgan Professor of African American Studies, History, and American Studies. He specializes in 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 with 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 has written an introduction for a new edition of W.E.B. Du Bois’s Souls of Black Folk, published by Yale University Press in 2015.

Holloway won the William Clyde DeVane Award for Distinguished Scholarship and Teaching in Yale College in 2009 and the Before Columbia Foundation’s American Book Award in 2014. He served as the master of Calhoun College from 2005-2014, and was Chair of the Council of Masters from 2009-2013. He began a three-year term as Chair of the Department of African American Studies in 2013. That term was abbreviated when he was named Dean of Yale College beginning in July 2014. He has held fellowships from the W.E.B. Du Bois Research Institute at Harvard University, the Stanford Humanities Center, and the Ford Foundation. He was an Alphonse Fletcher Sr. Fellow in 2011-2012. Currently, he is a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians.


Holloway named Edmund S. Morgan Professor
Yale News, March 30, 2015

On May 21, 2013, Yale University President Peter Salovey named African American Studies Department Chair Jonathan Holloway to be the new Dean of Yale College.…

“Caribbean Payback: Europe’s Former Colonies Battle For Slavery Reparations”
Foreign Affairs, April 2, 2014…

“Jonathan Holloway: Caribbean Nations Seek Slavery Reparations”
The Tavis Smiley Show…

“Professor Jonathan Holloway in Conversation with Nicholas Forster” 
The Lower Frequencies,a podcast hosted by Nicholas Forster

“Jim Crow Wisdom: A conversation with Jonathan Scott Holloway and Mark Anthony Neal”
Duke Forum for Scholars and Publics. Published on Apr 24, 2014

Jonathan Holloway: Jim Crow Wisdom: Memory and Identity in Black America since 1940 - Conversation with James G. Basker, president of The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. January 8, 2014, New York City.…

TEDxYale 2013-Jonathan Holloway: “Home.”  Jonathan Holloway talks about his visit to Ghana, specifically the Elmina slave castle, in his quest to answer, “Can you actually find home in a place you’ve never been?” Feb. 23, 2013.  [13:13 mins.]

Yale Open Courses: AFAM 162: “African American History: From Emancipation to the Present”

Yale’s Residential Colleges with Jonathan Holloway, Master of Calhoun College