2022 MacArthur Fellows: Historian P. Gabrielle Foreman

Six women artists are among 25 people selected by the MacArthur Foundation to receive prestigious 2022 MacArthur fellowships (known as ‘genius grants’) in recognition of their extraordinary creativity and promise to advance the future of their fields.

These six women whose pioneering work brings insight and inspiration — a literary historian, a plant ecologist, three musicians, and an architect — will each receive $800,000, a no-strings-attached award as an investment in their potential.

“The 2022 MacArthur fellows are architects of new modes of activism, artistic practice, and citizen science,” says MacArthur Fellows Director Marlies Carruth. “They are excavators uncovering what has been overlooked, undervalued, or poorly understood. They are archivists reminding us of what should survive.”

Congratulations to P. Gabrielle Foreman, Literary Historian and Digital Humanist!

A historian and digital humanist from University Park (PA), Gabrielle researches early African American activism and specializes in “nineteenth-century collective Black organizing efforts through initiatives such as the Colored Conventions Project.”

She earned a Ph.D. in 1992 from the University of California at Berkeley, and is currently a Professor of American Literature and Professor of African American Studies and History at the Pennsylvania State University. She is also the founding co-director of the Center for Black Digital Research/#DigBlk.

“I think it’s important not only to revive and find and make available histories that have been erased, but also to think about why they have been erased,” Gabrielle says.

© Reanne Rodrigues (12/16/22) — Special for FF2 Media


To learn more about P. Gabrielle Foreman, visit the MacArthur site here.


Featured photo courtesy of John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Tags: History, Literary Arts, MacArthur Genius Grants, P. Gabrielle Foreman

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