Fellowships: Hiphop Archive and Research Institute (HARI)

The Hiphop Archive and Research Institute Fellowship provides a residential appointment at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research. This resident appointment provides considerable benefits, including the following: office space, computer and technology support in Harvard Square, use of a research assistant and full access to the extensive research and library resources of Harvard University. Further information about the Hutchins Center and an Archive Fellow's joint appointment may be found here: https://hutchinscenter.fas.harvard.edu/categories.


Current Fellows:

C. Keith Harrison
Associate Unit Head & Chief Academic Officer, University of Central Florida
Scott Heath
Visiting Assistant Professor of English, Loyala University

Previous Fellows:

Akua Naru
Akua Naru Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellowship
The Keeper Project
Lakeyta Bonnette-Bailey
Lakeyta Bonnette-Bailey Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellowship
What's on Your Radio?: Political Rap Music and Racial Attitudes
Giuseppe Pipitone
Giuseppe Pipitone Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellowship
How's Life in London
Pablo D. Herrera Veitia
Pablo D. Herrera VeitiaNasir Jones Hiphop Fellowship
Hearing Afro-Cuban Rap
9th Wonder
9th WonderHiphop Archive & Research Institute Fellowship
These Are The Breaks
Harry Allen
Harry AllenNasir Jones Hiphop Fellowship
The Hypertext: Analyzing the Data and Assembly of Hiphop Musical Recordings for Narrative Purposes
Regina N. Bradley
Regina N. BradleyNasir Jones Hiphop Fellowship
Chronicling Stankonia: Recognizing America’s Hip Hop South
Damon Burchell-Sajnani
Damon Burchell-SajnaniNasir Jones Hiphop Fellowship
Deepening Democracy ‘Galsen’ Style: HipHop and Civil Society in Senega
Martha Diaz
Martha DiazNasir Jones Hiphop Fellowship
Time Is Illmatic: The Journey, Music, and Legacy of Nasir Jones
Dawn-Elissa Fischer
Dawn-Elissa Fischer Hiphop Archive & Research Institute Fellowship
Decoding 'AfroAsia' in Hiphop, Anime and Manga
Christopher Emdin
Christopher EmdinHiphop Archive & Research Institute Fellowship
S.T.E.M. with no root bears no fruit: Colloquial appropriations of canonical science in contemporary hip-hop
Murray Forman
Murray FormanNasir Jones Hiphop Fellowship
Old in the Game: Age and Aging in Hip-Hop
Tahir Hemphill
Tahir HemphillHiphop Archive & Research Institute Fellowship
The Hip-Hop Word Count: Rap Research Groups
John Jennings
John JenningsNasir Jones Hiphop Fellowship
Remixing The Trap: Race, Space, and the Speculative South
Bettina L. Love
Bettina L. LoveNasir Jones Hiphop Fellowship
Get Free: Hip Hop Civics Education
Christopher Massenburg
Christopher MassenburgNasir Jones Hiphop Fellowship
Lyricism in Hiphop
Theodore Miller
Theodore MillerHiphop Archive & Research Institute Fellowship
Deconstructing the Beggar’s Edifice: the Failure of Civil Rights and the Battle for Place in Hiphop America
Mark Anthony Neal
Mark Anthony NealHiphop Archive & Research Institute Fellowship
What if the Greensboro Four Had Twitter? Social Justice in the Age of Social Media and Hip-Hop
Tef Poe
Tef PoeHiphop Archive & Research Institute Fellowship
Universe of Insanity: Culture Shock in the Black American Experience
Jaqueline Santos
Jaqueline SantosHiphop Archive & Research Institute Fellowship
Blacks, Young People and Hip Hoppers
Joycelyn Wilson
Joycelyn WilsonHiphop Archive & Research Institute Fellowship
The Miseducation of Hip-Hop: Cross-Generational Methodologies for Gaining Clearer Interpretations of the Leadership Language of the Post-Civil Rights/Millennium Generation


Resident Fellow privileges:

  • An office at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research with 24 hour access, 7 days a week
  • A Harvard University ID card, which provides access to all University libraries and other University facilities and Hutchins Center business cards
  • A telephone with voicemail
  • A Harvard University email account and access to the Internet, the Harvard On-Line Library Information System, and other online resources at the University
  • A Research Assistant for 5 hours per week, or 65 hours per term
  • Use of photocopier and fax machine
  • In rare cases the Hutchins Center is able to offer stipends of a maximum of $50,000 per academic year.

We highly encourage you to seek funding from additional sources.

Other Requirements:

We ask that Fellows (1) reside in the Boston area during the term of their appointment, (2) participate fully in the opening orientation week events, fellows’ workshops, and in the weekly colloquia series, at which each Fellow is expected to (3) present on work in progress. We are a vibrant intellectual community, rich in programming and opportunities to network within a unique community of scholars engaged in African and African American research. We ask that you make a frequent appearance at our major programming – and at our specially designed Fellowship Programming – workshops, panel discussions, dinners, and social functions – where you will interact with other fellows, faculty, and other members of Harvard University’s community. 

In addition to the weekly colloquium series in which fellows present their work in progress to a public audience, fellows have the opportunity to present their work in fellows-only workshops. In this setting, fellows discuss their own pre-circulated papers, articles on a single topic, or a combination of the two: workshops are designed to foster deep scholarly exchange across the vast terrain of African and African American studies.

Our fellows also enjoy the company of other fellows and members of Harvard University’s community, including the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History and the Nieman Foundation for Journalism. Many of our fellows build strong bonds with faculty and graduate students in the Department of African and African American Studies. The aim of the fellowship program is to provide a vibrant environment in which to write, study, collaborate, and thrive.

The Fellows Program, the oldest of the Hutchins Center's activities, invites up to twenty scholars to be in residence each year, reflecting the interdisciplinary breadth of African and African American Studies. The Center has appointed Fellows since its founding in 1975 and supports research at both the predoctoral and postdoctoral levels.

Hutchins Center Fellows are truly international, including scholars from Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America.

The fellowship program has supported more than 300 alumni, many of whom are now major figures in the field, and include Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham (Harvard University), Brent Edwards (Columbia University), Gloria Wade Gayles (Spelman College), David W. Blight (Yale University), Nell Irvin Painter (Princeton University), Arnold Rampersad (Stanford University), Claude Steele (Stanford University), Cornel West (Princeton University), and Nobel Prize winner Wole Soyinka.