Jeffrey C. Stewart

Visiting Scholar


B.A. UC Santa Cruz, 1971
M.A., M. Phil. Yale University, 1974
Ph.D. Yale University, 1979

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.