Past Member

Cord Whitaker

Historical Studies
Field of Study
Medieval Literature and the History of Race
From 9/2019 – 7/2020:

Cord Whitaker is currently researching nineteenth- and twentieth-­century African American medievalism—in literature, history, and other disciplines. His work aims to show that the modern racial color­-line is also a time-line that defines yet transcends the divide between the Middle Ages and modernity—and one that Harlem Renaissance authors used to advance their clarion call for blacks’ equal claim to America’s cultural heritage.

Dates at IAS
  • Historical Studies
Duke University Ph.D., 2009
Duke University M.A., 2005
Yale University B.A., 2001
Codex Award for Special Distinction in Premodern Historical Studies 2016
NEH Enduring Questions Course Development Grant Recipient 2012-2017
Mellon Foundation Early Career Enhancement for Junior Faculty Fellow 2012 – 2013
Dr. Robert A. Chase & Anne Parker Chase Faculty Scholar Award 2012
Sewanee Medieval Colloquium Prize 2012
Mellon Mays Pre-doctoral Research Development Grant Recipient 2006
Award for Excellence in Humanity, Equity and Community 2006
Ford Foundation Pre-doctoral Fellow 2004 – 2007
Duke Endowment Fellow 2002 – 2006
The Institute for Recruitment of Teachers Associate Fellow 2001
Mellon Minority Undergraduate Fellow 1999 – 2001
Wellesley College 2019 Associate Professor of English
Wellesley College 2014–2019 Assistant Professor of English
University of New Hampshire 2012–2013 Dr. Robert A. Chase & Anne Parker Chase Faculty Scholar Assistant Professor
University of New Hampshire 2009–2012 Assistant Professor of English