Current Member

Lawrie Balfour

Friends of the Institute for Advanced Study Member

Affiliation

Social Science

Field of Study

Politics (Political Theory), African American Studies, American Studies

Home Institution

University of Virginia

How should we understand freedom? How should we understand freedom in the shadow of racial slavery and colonialism? For Toni Morrison, these questions are concrete, urgent, conjoined. Lawrie Balfour’s project advances a fresh understanding of modern freedom by drawing from Morrison’s deep reservoir of words that are “unquestionably political and irrevocably beautiful at the same time.”

Dates at IAS

Member
School of Social Science
current

Degrees

Princeton University
Ph.D.
1996

Honors

2020-21
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship