NCCU Professor Awarded International Fellowship

Posted May 13, 2021, 4:18PM
Tony Frazier, Ph.D.

North Carolina Central University (NCCU) Associate Professor of History Tony Frazier, Ph.D., has been named a fellow of the National Humanities Center.

Frazier has been chosen for the 2021-2022 Mellon-HBCU Fellowship, an initiative that provides residential fellowships for 12 scholars from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). 

“My excitement about the National Humanities Fellowship is beyond boundless; I am truly enthused and overjoyed to participate in the fellowship,” Frazier said. “It will not only enrich my current project but will afford me time to research and visualize future research ideas, as well.” 

Frazier will use the fellowship to spend a year at the National Humanities Center in Research Triangle Park working on his book manuscript, “Slaves Without Wages: Runaway Black Slaves and Servants in Eighteenth-Century London.”

“This fellowship affords me a wider venue to disseminate and publish my research ideas to larger audiences,” Frazier adds.

His research focuses on social and legal history of Africans in Great Britain during the 18th century, Atlantic slavery and emancipation, and African American history.

Frazier is also an NCCU-Duke University Franklin Humanities Institute Digital Humanities fellow. During his fellowship, he explored prominent African-British people from the 18th century and digitally mapped the travels of NCCU founder Dr. James E. Shepard and abolitionist Frederick Douglass.

He has published several book chapters and articles. In 2016, he co-authored “Topics in African Diaspora History.”

Frazier obtained a bachelor’s in history and political science and a master’s degree in history from NCCU. He earned a doctoral degree in modern European history from Western Michigan University.

The National Humanities Center is a private, incorporated institute for advanced study in the humanities. Since 1978, the center has awarded fellowships to more than 1,400 scholars whose work has resulted in the publication of nearly 1,600 books in all fields of humanistic study. The center also sponsors programs to strengthen the teaching of the humanities in secondary and higher education and to promote public understanding of, and advocacy for the humanities.

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