The FHI Welcomes Wesley Hogan as Its First Faculty Appointee

Wesley HoganWith the approval of its Faculty Advisory Board, the Provost, and the Dean of Humanities, the Franklin Humanities Institute has appointed Wesley Hogan as Research Professor, effective October 1, 2016. The first regular-rank faculty member to be appointed at the FHI, Prof. Hogan will continue in her primary role as Director of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. She also holds a secondary appointment with the History Department.

Wesley Hogan’s research and teaching explore the history of youth social movements, African American history, women’s history, and oral history. Her book on SNCC (the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee), Many Minds, One Heart: SNCC and the Dream for a New America (2007), won the Lillian Smith Book Award, the Scott-Bills Memorial Prize for best work in peace history, and the Library of Virginia nonfiction literary award. A second book currently under consideration, Grass Roots Women Transforming the South, examines the post-1960s history of young people organizing in the spirit of Ella Baker. She is also finalizing an edited volume, Seizing the High Ground: Realpolitik and Lawrence Goodwyn’s Democratic Promise. Prof. Hogan also co-facilitates a partnership between the SNCC Legacy Project and Duke, “One Person, One Vote-The Legacy of SNCC and the Fight for Voting Rights,” the goal of which is to share the stories of those who made up the civil rights movement with a much wider public through a digital gateway project, K12 initiative, and a new approach to oral history, "critical oral histories."

The mission of the FHI is to advance interdisciplinary humanities research, education, and engagement in a changing world. Hogan’s appointment highlights the FHI’s new capacity to further that mission by providing an institutional home for a select number of scholars whose innovative collaborations extend across traditional disciplines, institutions, and audiences. Prof. Hogan's presence at the FHI augments the exploration of non-print media and documentary forms, areas of growing importance in humanistic research and education. The FHI received the authority to make regular-rank, non-tenure track appointments from the Board of Trustees in Spring 2016, joining the Duke Global Health Institute, Duke Institute for Brain Sciences, and Social Science Research Institute in having this institutional capacity.