January 18, 2022

Howard University Partners with Columbia University Press to Advance Black Studies and Diversify Academic Publishing

From Howard University:

Howard University’s College of Arts and Sciences announced a new ongoing scholarly book series in the field of Black Studies called “Black Lives in the Diaspora: Past / Present / Future,” to be published by Columbia University Press (Press) in partnership with Columbia University’s African-American and African Diaspora Studies Department.

This collaboration between Howard University and Columbia University and its faculty is the first of its kind in academic publishing. It represents the first step in a larger partnership between the two universities to publish more robustly in Black studies and to recruit and support a cohort of editorial fellows to provide an entryway for recent HBCU graduates to begin careers in the publishing industry.


An editorial board of eight faculty – four each from Howard University and Columbia University – will oversee the new series, which will be published by the press. The series will publish in the humanities and social sciences at the junior, midcareer and senior levels. Acquisitions for two to three publications per year in the new series will begin immediately. Funding is currently being sought to expand the program to publish up to 20 titles per year and augment the staff of Columbia University Press with a new full-time Black studies editor and graduate student fellows. The fellows will receive specialized training in the editorial department and will be supported to gain experience across the other standard departments in publishing, according to their own interests. Over time, this cohort of fellows, mentored by the new editor and others at Howard University and Columbia University, will be prepared for careers in the publishing industry.

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