NCCU Alum Sherwin K. Bryant Named Director of Rice’s Center for African and African American Studies


October 18, 2023

Scholar Sherwin K. Bryant is joining Rice University  as its new director of the Center for African and African American Studies (CAAAS) and an associate professor in the Department of History.

He is known for his work covering slavery, race and the early modern African diaspora, will join Rice University Jan. 1 as director of the Center for African and African American Studies (CAAAS) and an associate professor in the Department of History.

Bryant is an alum of North Carolina Central University.

“I am honored to join the Rice faculty as director of the Center for African and African American Studies at this moment in history,” Bryant said in. a statement. “The 2020 global Black protests against the enduring legacies of slavery, colonialism and racial rule catalyzed commitments to Black history and Black knowledge. Now, an onslaught of attacks against Black knowledge confront our world and the very lives of Afro-descendant populations. These protests and observations honed during that time inform my aims in leading CAAAS.

Bryant is currently an associate professor of Black studies and history at Northwestern University. He has also previously served as co-director of the Andean Cultures and Histories working group in the Weinberg College Center for International and Area Studies and the director of Northwestern’s Center for African American History 

Bryant is the 2021 Mellon/ACLS Scholar and Society Fellow with the African American Heritage Foundation of Southeastern North Carolina. His work has also been published in several journals.

“I am thrilled to welcome Dr. Sherwin Bryant to Rice as the new leader of our Center for African and African American Studies,” Rice President Reginald DesRoches said. “Sherwin’s dedication to advancing the understanding of African and African American history and culture, coupled with his commitment to fostering inclusivity and diversity, will undoubtedly propel our center to new heights. I look forward to the transformative impact Sherwin will bring to our university community and beyond.”

Photo by Northwestern Center for African American History


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George Stubbs
George Stubbs
6 months ago

Over 400 years of the suppression of African history. Black Americans raised in an environment of RSCISM which portrayed Africans as “ brainless savages only capable of destruction and an irresistible desire to have a white woman.

Why did this type of lying become so popular in the Americas. Why did the noble Native Americans vanish from the plains finally ending up on designated poor lands called reservations.

Interesting how today no one raises their hand to take credit for those atrocities. And no one offers a motive for these crimes against humanity.


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