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Franklin W. Knight:
Life as a Black Scholar

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As the first black faculty member to gain
academic tenure at The Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Franklin W. Knight is important in the African-American history of the University. In 1973, Dr. Knight joined the Hopkins faculty as part of the internationally recognized Atlantic History and Culture Program. Since that time his academic and teaching interests have remained focused on the politics, cultures and societies of Latin America and the Caribbean as well as American slave systems. He has published numerous books, including The Caribbean: The Genesis of a Fragmented Nationalism (Oxford, 1978; 2nd Edition, revised 1990), The Modern Caribbean, co-edited with Colin A. Palmer (University of North Carolina Press, 1989), The Slave Societies of the Caribbean (Macmillan, 1997) and Las Casas: An Introduction, Much Abbreviated, of the Destruction of the Indies (Hackett, 2003) to name just a few. His latest publication, Contemporary Caribbean Cultures and Societies in a Global Context, co-edited with Teresita Martinez-Vergne, will appear in 2005. His analyses of Latin American and Caribbean history and politics have aired on National Public Radio, the Voice of America, the British Broadcasting Corporation, the McNeil/Lehrer Report, C-SPAN and a range of local radio and television programs. 


Dr. Franklin Knight
 Dr. Franklin W. Knight

Dr. Knight's contributions to the Hopkins community are also numerous. For more than thirty years, Dr. Knight has mentored a wide range of graduate and undergraduate students -- many of whom are now leading scholars of Caribbean and Latin American history in the own right. Between 1974 and 1982, he co-edited the Johns Hopkins University Press series, Studies in Atlantic History, Culture and Society. Dr. Knight is currently the Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Professor of History and serves on numerous university boards and committees. He also directs the History of African Americans at the Johns Hopkins Institutions Project.


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