Visiting Fellows and Scholars


Visiting Assistant Professor of Slavery & Justice

Matthew ReillyMatthew ReillyProfessor Matthew Reilly is an anthropological archaeologist specializing in studies of race and class in the Caribbean, specifically on the island of Barbados. He received his Ph.D. in 2014 from Syracuse University.  His methodological and theoretical training is grounded in historical archaeological approaches to the Atlantic World. His forthcoming book, Archaeology below the Cliff: Race, Class, and Redlegs in Barbadian Sugar Society, analyzes the place of marginalized “poor whites” on the plantation landscape. This research informs his broader interests in how race was/is operationalized in the Atlantic World and how processes of racialization continue to plague societies across the globe. Prof. Reilly is currently jointly developing a community-based, collaborative project in Barbados incorporating educational initiatives and heritage management strategies to think about the future of plantation spaces and what they mean for island communities. Prof. Reilly is delighted to be part of the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice and looks forward to forging interdisciplinary partnerships with those similarly interested in better understanding and transforming how race, class, colonialism, slavery, capitalism, and history affect our society.

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Visiting Scholar

Cape Verdean American filmmaker/historian and Fox Point native Dr. Claire Andrade-Watkins is Professor of Africana and Postcolonial Media Studies, Institute for Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies, a Brown University Swearer Center for Public Service Fellow since 2008, and a Visiting Scholar in the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America (CSREA) 2007-2012. She is the president/founder of SPIA Media Productions, Inc, and the director of The Fox Point Cape Verdean Project, a community based research initiative that documents, preserves, and chronicles the history, culture, and institutions of the displaced Cape Verdean community in the Fox Point section of Providence, Rhode Island.

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Visiting Fellow

After entering Howard University in 1961, Charlie Cobb left one year later to work as a field secretary for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in the Mississippi Delta. While working in that state he originated the proposal for Freedom Schools that became such an important part of the 1964 Mississippi Summer Project. A founding member of the National Association of Black Journalists, Cobb began his journalism career in 1974 as a reporter for WHUR Radio in Washington, DC. In 1976 he joined the staff of National Public Radio as a foreign affairs reporter. He was an on-air writer/correspondent for PBS’s FRONTLINE from 1980–84. From 1985-1997 Cobb was a member of the Editorial Staff of National Geographic magazine – the first black writer to become one of that magazine’s staff writers. He recently published This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed. During his fellowship at Brown he will be conducting oral histories with Civil Rights veterans.

Visiting Graduate Fellow

Lorenzo Ravano has a MA in History from the University of Bologna, Italy. He did his MA dissertation in History of political thought on Frantz Fanon’s Political Thought and his influence on African American and Post-Colonial Studies. He is currently a PhD student in Political Thought and Institutions at the Department of History, Cultures and Civilizations, University of Bologna.