Jelani M. Favors
Assistant Professor of History
-- Clayton State University
Jelani M. Favors will be based in the African and African-American Studies Department where he is finalizing his first manuscript, Shelter in a Time of Storm: Black Colleges and the Long History of Student Activism. He has published essays in Rebellion in Black and White: Southern Student Activism in the 1960s (John Hopkins University Press, 2013) and The Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi (University Press of Mississippi, 2013.
This project focuses on the role historically Black colleges and universities played in the African American freedom struggle as well as the larger Civil Rights Movement, a topic which previous historical scholarship and research has consistently overlooked. Uniquely, Favors’ current research concentrates on the activist energies and practices of local African American students rather than those affiliated with national institutions or coalitions. This longitudinal study will piece together the long history of student activism and the impact of racialized spaces in cultivating idealism and race consciousness among black youth. His work will greatly contribute to increasing our historical knowledge regarding black student activism, and the role of HBCUs in shaping national politics.
Dr. Favors earned his Ph.D. in history and MA in African-American Studies from The Ohio State University in 2006 and 1999 respectively. His research interests included the Civil Rights Movement, the history of African-American education, and the Nadir. His current selection as a Humanities Writ Large Fellow marks his return to the Duke campus where he was a recipient of the 2008-2009 Mellon HBCU Fellowship at the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute.