Visiting Fellows

Du Bois-Mandela-Rodney Postdoctoral Fellow

Heidi Morse is the 2014/15 Du Bois-Mandela-Rodney Postdoctoral Fellow.  Her primary areas of specialization are nineteenth-century African American rhetoric and “black classicism,” or black adaptations of ancient Greek and Roman literature, art, and rhetoric.  Related interdisciplinary research interests include post-Civil War African American education, race and gender in American visual and print culture, history and theory of classical receptions, and nineteenth- and twentieth-century U.S. poetry.  Heidi received her Ph.D. in Literature and Feminist Studies in August 2014 from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she also taught courses in Latin language.  She was awarded a dissertation year fellowship in 2013-14 from the Institute for Humanities Research at UC Santa Cruz for her dissertation entitled Minding “Our Cicero”: Nineteenth-Century African American Women’s Rhetoric and the Classical Tradition, which she is now revising into a book manuscript.

Michigan Society of Fellows Post-Doctoral Scholar

Elizabeth Hinton, an assistant professor in DAAS, recently completed her graduate work in United States History at Columbia University. A Ford Foundation Fellow, her research contextualizes the rise of mass incarceration in the late twentieth century by considering the critical but understudied shift from a national agenda premised on community action and combating unemployment as a means to address socio-economic inequality, to an agenda premised on repressing crime, disorder, and other manifestation of that inequality in the decades after the civil rights movement.  As a history of the War on Crime and the War on Drugs, Hinton’s work contributes to debates about the persistence of poverty and racial inequality in the United States and draws our attention to the federal government’s role in sustaining punitive policy that first emerged in the 1960s. From 2008 to 2011 Hinton served as the Managing Editor of Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society and co-edited The New Black History: Revisiting the Second Reconstruction (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011) with the late Manning Marable. Hinton earned her B.A. in American Studies from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study in 2005. (email:


Department of Afroamerican and African Studies Research Fellow

Reighan Gillam received her Ph.D. from the Department of Anthropology at Cornell University. Her dissertation, “The Revolution Will Be Televised: Afro-Brazilian Media Producers in São Paulo, Brazil” documents the work of the TV da Gente (Our TV) television network, hailed as the first network in Brazil to include equal racial representation as part of its mission. She argues that media workers at TV da Gente extended the field of racial politics from the state and NGOs to the mediated arena of commercial television by producing images of Afro-Brazilians that deviated from and opposed mainstream public representations of blackness. Overall, her dissertation contends that commercial television acts as a new site of and resource for black cultural politics in Brazil. Her work has been supported by Sage Fellowships from Cornell University, a Five College Fellowship at Mt. Holyoke College, Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships, and a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute Fellowship. Her work will be published in Watching While Black: Centering the Television of Black Audiences (Rutgers University Press 2013) and in the Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies. (