Herman Bennett Elected into Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars

Professor Herman Bennett (History), a renowned expert on the history of the African diaspora, has been elected into the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars.

Bennett, who also leads the GC's Office of Educational Opportunity and Diversity, is one of just a handful of nominees, each of whom served at least one year at Johns Hopkins University.

All have subsequently gained “marked distinction elsewhere in their fields of physical, biological, medical, social, or engineering sciences or in the humanities,” according to the 626-member society.

Bennett, who began his scholarly career at Johns Hopkins, focuses primarily on the diaspora in the context of Latin American history. Through his work, he has called for scholars to broaden the critical inquiry of race and ethnicity in the colonial world.
He has written extensively on the presence of African slaves and freedmen in Mexican society during the colonial period and on the consequent interaction between Native Americans, Europeans, and Africans in colonial Mexico. His books include Colonial Blackness: A History of Afro-Mexico (Indiana University Press, 2009) and Africans in Colonial Mexico: Absolutism, Christianity and Afro-Creole Consciousness, 1570–1640 (Indiana University Press, 2003).
Bennett has received fellowships from the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, the Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Council of Learned Societies. He has lectured widely in Europe and the Americas and holds a Ph.D. in Latin American history from Duke University, where he was a Mellon Scholar of the Humanities.

The induction ceremony will take place this spring in Baltimore. Among those inducted last year was Distinguished and Presidential Professor Robert Reid-Pharr (English/American Studies).

Submitted on: JAN 15, 2016

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