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ACLS Frederick Burkhardt Fellow
Howard University
Melanesia’s Way: Black Internationalism and Diaspora in the South Pacific

Quito Swan is a professor of African diaspora history at Howard University. His research and teaching interests include black internationalism and 20th-century black social movements. He is the author of Black Power in Bermuda: The Struggle for Decolonization (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).

Swan’s Radcliffe project, “Melanesia’s Way,” explores black internationalism in the South Pacific. Using newspapers, print media, archives, literature, and oral histories, it explores how the ideas of Black Power, African American freedom struggles, Pan-Africanism, Négritude, and African/Caribbean nationalism streamed across Melanesia.

“Melanesia’s Way” is sponsored by an American Council of Learned Societies Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship for Recently Tenured Scholars. Swan’s forthcoming Pauulu’s Diaspora: Black Power and Environmental Justice (University Press of Florida, 2018) was supported by a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship. Along with Glenn Chambers, he coedits the Michigan State University Press book series Ruth Simms Hamilton African Diaspora. 

2017–2018 Radcliffe Institute Fellows

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