Brandon Terry

Brandon Terry

Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies and Social Studies, Harvard University
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Brandon M. Terry is Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies and Social Studies at Harvard University and a Faculty Affiliate of American Studies, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and the Center for History and Economics.

He earned a PhD with distinction in Political Science and African American Studies from Yale University, an MSc in Political Theory Research as a Michael von Clemm Fellow at Corpus Christi College at the University of Oxford, and an AB, magna cum laude, in Government and African and African American Studies from Harvard College. He has received fellowships and awards from the Center for History and Economics at Harvard, the Ford Foundation, the Mellon-Mays Foundation, the American Political Science Association, the National Conference of Black Political Scientists, and Best American Essays (2016). His first book manuscript, The Tragic Vision of the Civil Rights Movement, is a reconstruction of the philosophical foundations of historiographical debates concerning the African-American civil rights movement, and an attempt, through a synthesis of methods drawn from political theory, philosophy of history, literary theory, and African-American Studies, to articulate the normative significance and political import of different narrative modes in African American history. Professor Terry also edited, with Professor Tommie Shelby, a collection of essays on the political philosophy of Martin Luther King, Jr., forthcoming in 2018.

In 2017-18, Professor Terry is a Fellow-in-Residence at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics. During his fellowship year, he will be working on a second manuscript about the problem of crime in African American political thought, a series of essays on contemporary issues of race and politics in the United States, and a long-term research project on political and social thought in the Black Power Movement.

This information is accurate as of the fellowship year indicated for each fellow.

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