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.

Current and Previous Scholars and Their General Research Fields

2017

  • 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

2016

  • 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

2015

  • 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

2014

  • 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

2013

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

2012

  • 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

2011

  • 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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