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Thulani Davis

Thulani Davis is an interdisciplinary scholar and writer working in several genres. She is the author of six books, a dozen theater works and has had a long journalism career in politics and cultural criticism. Her next book, forthcoming from Duke University Press, The Emancipation Circuit: Black Activism Forging a Culture of Freedom, is on Reconstruction. She has written the scripts for several narrative films, as well as award-winning documentaries, including Louis Massiah’s W.E.B. Du Bois: A Biography in Four Voices (1996), Massiah’s short film, In Ragtime: James Reese Europe (2011) and the narrative film Paid in Full (2002). Davis developed the concept for Blackside’s series, I’ll Make Me a World: A Century of African American Arts (1999).

Her teaching interests are black political thought, slavery, Reconstruction, and African American literature. Davis is currently a recipient of a Vilas Early Investigators Award from the University of Wisconsin. She has been a recipient of a Lila Wallace-Readers Digest Writers Award, a PEW Foundation National Theatre Artist Residency, and a Charles H. Revson Fellowship on the Future of New York City. She was an inaugural fellow of the Leon Levy Center for Biography at the City University of New York. Davis is also a past Grammy winner, and was honored by the Veterans Committee of the Congressional Black Caucus for work on the 2011 National Monument designation of Fortress Monroe, VA, site of the 1619 landing. She is a Distinguished Alumna of Barnard College.