Jarvis R. Givens
Lecturer on Education
Postdoctoral Fellow in Education
Degree: Ph.D., University of California, (2016)
Office: Gutman 410
Jarvis R. Givens is a dean's postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Graduate School of Education, having earned his Ph.D. in African Diaspora Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. His research and teaching fall at the nexus of the History of Education, 19th and 20th Century African American History, and Black Critical Theory. Givens' broader research interests interrogate schools as a technology of power and analyzes how marginalized communities have appropriated this technology to transcend abjection. His current book project, Schooling in Forbidden Fields: Carter G. Woodson and the Demands of Black Education (Harvard University Press, forthcoming), explores how ordinary teachers and Black community members put Woodson's critiques of the American school and his alternative curricula (i.e. textbooks, Negro History Week, and more) into practice during the period of Jim Crow. Givens argues that their furtive efforts and Woodson's educational ideas embodied the inherent dissident demands of Black schooling, a political project developed in the context of slavery and that persisted as a site where Blacks worked to negotiate the terms of their relation to the broader society and the world. His work has been supported by the Ford Foundation's predoctoral and dissertation fellowships, funding from the Mellon Mays fellowship program, and published in journals such as: "Race Ethnicity and Education, Harvard Educational Review, Souls: A Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society, and Anthropology and Education Quarterly".
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