Jeffrey C. Stewart is Professor of Black Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author of The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke (Oxford University Press, 2018), which was a Finalist for the 2018 MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY Stone Book Award. He has authored numerous other books, articles, and essays, including “Beyond Category: Before Afro-Futurism there was Norman Lewis,” in Procession: The Art of Norman Lewis (2015), winner of the 2017 Alfred H. Barr Award of the College Art Association. His current projects are a book on the Knowledge Revolution of 1968 transnationally and a biographical study of 18th century movements in activism, STEM, and Afrofuturism.
Stewart has been a Visiting Senior Lecturer at was the Terra Foundation in Giverny, France, a Residential Fellow at the Charles Warren Center in American History, Harvard University, and a Fellow at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University. Stewart has a rich curatorial practice, having curated an exhibition, To Color America: Portraits by Winold Reiss at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery and Paul Robeson: Artist and Citizen at Rutgers University. He has just finished curating a conference on 1968 entitled, North Hall 50 Years After: A Black Vision of Change at UC Santa Barbara for the weekend of October 12-14, 2018.