Research Leave Updates

From January to August 2020, I will be on research leave. During the spring semester, I’ll be a W.E.B. Du Bois Fellow at Harvard University. While I’m on leave, I’ll be mostly writing and doing research for my new book projects. I will not be teaching any courses at Pitt or available to serve as an advisor for independent studies or honors projects. With several deadlines approaching, I will be prioritizing my writing above all else. I will continue to give book talks and participate in public events as my schedule allows. However, I will not be able to accommodate many usual requests.

First, I am unavailable for manuscript reviews. If you ask me to review (evaluate) a book manuscript or a journal article, I will decline (but I would be happy to recommend other scholars who might be available). The only exception is for manuscripts under consideration for the ‘Politics and Culture in Modern America’ book series I co-edit for Penn Press and the ‘Black Internationalism’ book series I co-edit for Illinois Press. I regret that I am unable to review articles for journals during this time, including journals on which I currently serve as a member of the editorial board.

Second, I am unavailable to take on any new service requests in the spring. These include, but are not limited to, new award and fellowship committees and editorial boards. I will certainly consider new opportunities that begin in Fall 2020 (or later) but cannot take on new commitments for the spring semester.

Third, I am unable to write new recommendation letters in the spring. If I currently write letters for you, please count on me to continue to do so. However, I kindly ask that you make your request for spring letters as early as possible (at least 4 weeks before deadlines) and that you utilize Interfolio whenever possible.

During my leave, I will not be checking my campus email frequently. I will also not be checking my campus mail so please refrain from sending me books without checking with me first. I will also use social media sparingly while on leave so please do not send me important messages via direct messages. If you need to reach me urgently, please use my personal email address or submit a message on this site. Please understand that I may not always be able to reply to you. If you have sent an inquiry and do not hear back from me within two weeks, please assume that I am unable to assist.

As many of you know, I was recently elected to a second term as president of the African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS). I will not be on leave from AAIHS and will continue to lead the organization to the best of my ability. I look forward to working with the new board and collaborating with many of you in the new year.

Thank you all for your kind support and understanding during this period. I wish you all a Happy New Year!