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SOF Board Member Kaiama L. Glover Awarded Two Major Grants

Announcements, Board Members

March 24, 2022
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Kaiama L. Glover, the Ann Whitney Olin Professor of French and Africana Studies, Faculty Director of the Digital Humanities Center, and SOF/Heyman Governing Board Member has been awarded major grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

On February 1, Barnard announced that The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded the College a four-year, $5 million grant to support the Caribbean Digital Scholarship Collective, a group of scholars from five different institutions (Barnard, Columbia University, Create Caribbean Research Institute in Dominica, the University of Miami, and the University of Puerto Rico), that will subsidize an annual Caribbean Digital Conference, a Caribbean Digital Scholarship Summer Institute a virtual artist-in-residency, and more. Glover is the collective’s principal investigator.

In January, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) confirmed a $40,000 fellowship award for Glover’s intellectual biography For the Love of Revolution: René Depestre and the Poetics of the Cold War. Not only was she one of very few scholars who received funding this year — only 8% of applicants were — but hers was the first NEH fellowship given to a Barnard faculty member since 2012. Since joining the College in 2002, Glover has taught students about francophone literature, especially that of Haiti and the French Antilles, and about colonialism, postcolonialism, and the beauty of sub-Saharan francophone African cinema.

Read about Prof. Glover's trajectory, research, and inspirations here.