Jonathan Holloway '89
In July 2020, historian and American Studies alumnus Jonathan Holloway ’89 took office as the 21st President of Rutgers University. He is the first African American to hold that position.
From 1999-2017, Holloway was on the faculty at Yale University, where he served as Head of Yale’s Hopper College, chair of the Council of Heads of Colleges, and chair of African American Studies, before becoming in 2014 the first African American to be Dean of Yale College. From 2017-2020, he served as Provost of Northwestern University.
A scholar focusing on post-emancipation intellectual, social, and cultural history, Holloway’s books include Confronting the Veil: Abram Harris Jr., E. Franklin Frazier and Ralph Bunche, 1919-1941, Jim Crow Wisdom: Memory and Identity in Black America Since 1940, and The Cause of Freedom: A Concise History of African Americans. He has also editd several books, and recently wrote the introduction for a new edition of W. E. B. DuBois’s Souls of Black Folk.