Four Black Academics Named MacArthur 'Genius' Fellows For 2019

Four Black Academics Named MacArthur 'Genius' Fellows For 2019

The honor, also called 'Genius Awards' comes with a $625,000 stipened over the next five years.

The MacArthur Foundation fellowship also called the 'Genius Awards', has announced the list of fellows for the year 2019 awarding fellowship to 5 black Americans out of which 4 are currently working in academia. According to JBHE, the awards are meant to “encourage people of outstanding talent to pursue their own creative, intellectual, and professional inclinations” and the fellows are chosen based on their “extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits.” The 4 academics of this year who would get the fellowship are:

1) Saidiya Hartman - Saidiya is a professor of English and comparative literature at Columbia University in New York City. She is the author of books like Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route and Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Social Upheaval.

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2) Walter Hood - Walter is a professor of landscape architecture and environmental planning and urban design in the College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley, and the author of Blues & Jazz Landscape Improvisations.

Walter Hood (Image: Wikipedia)

3) Kelly Lytle Hernandez - Kelly is a professor of history at the University of California, Los Angeles. and the author of the award-winning books, Migra! A History of the U.S. Border Patrol and City of Inmates: Conquest, Rebellion, and the Rise of Human Caging in Los Angeles.

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4) Emmanuel Pratt - Emmanuel is an urban designer and co-founder and executive director of the Sweet Water Foundation which is a non-profit organization. He was earlier, the director of aquaponics at Chicago State University, and the Charles Moore Visiting Professor at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan.

Emmanuel Pratt (Image: Smart Museum Of Art, University Of Chicago)

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