Dr. P. Gabrielle Foreman, Paterno Family Professor of American Literature, professor of African American studies and history, co-director of the Center for Digital Black Research, founding faculty directory of the Colored Conventions Project, and faculty affiliate of the Richards Center at Penn State, has been named a 2022 MacArthur Fellow by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
Dr. Foreman is an award-winning teacher and scholar of African American studies and nineteenth-century literary history and culture. She is known for her collaborative work including an edition of Harriet Wilson’s Our Nig as well as dance/poetry performance pieces on Wilson, David Drake or “Dave the Potter,” the Colored Conventions, and Mary Ann Shadd Cary.
The group of 2022 fellows that Dr. Foreman joins, according to MacArthur Fellows Director Marlies Carruth, “…are architects of new modes of activism, artistic practice, and citizen science. They are excavators uncovering what has been overlooked, undervalued, or poorly understood. They are archivists reminding us of what should survive. Their work extends from the molecular level to the land beneath our feet to Earth’s orbital environment—offering new ways for us to understand the communities, systems, and social forces that shape our lives around the globe.”
Huge congratulations to Dr. Foreman for this amazing accomplishment!