Scholar-in-Residence Program

The African American Library at the Gregory School has partnered with Rice University to launch its Scholar-in-Residence Program. The program operates in partnership with Rice University's CERCL (Center for Engaged Learning and Collaborative Learning), now a part of Rice's Kinder Institute for Urban Research. CERCL is a curricular and research initiative that uses innovative research, engaged pedagogy and other approaches to promote creative models of leadership benefiting new generations of leaders.

Founded by Dr. Anthony Pinn, the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities, CERCL works to strengthen connections between the university and the greater Houston community. The Gregory School's Scholar-in-Residence program assists fellows whose research can benefit from extended access to Gregory School's archives and other HPL resources. For more information visit here.

Deadline: January 3, 2020

CERCL in partnership with the African American Library at the Gregory School offers residential fellowships for scholars whose research would benefit from the Houston Public Library special collections (particularly the Gregory School archives).

The Scholar-in-Residence program is open to those holding the PhD, graduate students who have achieved candidacy and independent scholars. Foreign nationals who have resided in the United States for two years immediately preceding the application deadline, and United States citizens are eligible to apply.

$3,500 Stipend in exchange for two distinct public lectures, one held on the Rice University campus and another at the Gregory School in September following the residency period. The residency period is 6 months (Feb-July).

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Deadline: January 10, 2020

Fondren Library and the Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning (CERCL) seek a Postdoctoral Fellow in Data Curation for African American Studies to lead efforts to curate digital collections focused on African American activism and cultural expression in Houston. This fellowship presents a unique opportunity to hone expertise in community archiving and data curation, as well as to work with local organizations such as Black Lives Matter Houston, the Community Artists Collective, and groups addressing the legacy of convict leasing in managing their own digital collections. The Fellow will be co-housed in Digital Scholarship Services and in CERCL. He or she will collaborate actively with the Woodson Research Center and other colleagues on building, describing, and preserving archival collections in digital and physical formats.

Recent Ph.D.s with expertise in any aspect of African American and/or African Studies

Salary & benefits: $67,500 per year; no state or local income tax; 21 benefit days; health insurance.

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Current and Previous Scholars and Their General Research Fields


Camesha Scruggs - a Ph.D. candidate from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, dissertation project examines the lived experiences of Texas African American female domestic servants in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.


Georgina Bienski - a Ph.D. candidate from Rutgers University, research project will focus on the demolition of Housing in Freedmen's Town.



Maco Faniel - a Ph.D. candidate from Rutgers University, research project will focus on the war on drugs in Houston and the Rise of Texas as a prison state, 1970-2000.




Dr. Jesse Esparza - History of Chicano/a and Latino/a education in the United States; analysis of Latino, Asian, and African American-owned schools in Texas since the end of World War I through the post-civil rights era.



David Ponton III - residential segregation, Cold War-era transformations of race and racism, and the criminalization of space in mid-twentieth century Houston.




Portia D. Hopkins - PhD candidate in American Studies.




Dr. Uzma Quraishi - racial formation in the American South after 1965, urban history, the history of immigration to Houston, and ethnic and diasporic identities.




Naomi Mitchell Carrier - founder of the Texas Center for African American Living History, a non-profit organization for public education with a mission to research, document, preserve, interpret, and distribute Texas history and culture.



Portia D. Hopkins - PhD candidate in American Studies.




Dr. Phillip Luke Sinitiere - scholar of US History with a focus on religion, evangelicalism, and race.




Jenny Meeden Bailey - the lives of the people buried at College Memorial Park Cemetery on W. Dallas and how the cemetery’s history tells an indispensable part of Houston's story.



Karen Rosenthal - 19th Century American literature and studies of collective reasoning and identity with an emphasis on issues of race relations, economics, currency, finance law, and regionalism.



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