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New Harmsworth Professor appointed

20 July 2018

The College is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Barbara Savage as Harold Vyvyan Harmsworth Visiting Professor of American History for 2018-19.

Barbara D. Savage is the Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought in the Department of Africana Studies of the University of Pennsylvania, where she has taught since 1995. She was a member of the University's History Department from 1995-2013. Her most recent book, Your Spirits Walk Beside Us: The Politics of Black Religion (2008), is an historical examination of debates about the public responsibility of black churches and the role of religion in racial leadership. That book was the winner of the prestigious 2012 Grawemeyer Prize in Religion.

She is also the author of Broadcasting Freedom: Radio, War, and the Politics of Race, 1938-1948 (1999), which won the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library Award for the best book in American history in the period 1916-1966. She co-edited Women and Religion in the African Diaspora (2006).

Her wider research interests are in twentieth-century African American History; the history of American religious and social reform movements; and the history of the relationship between media and politics.

Professor Barbara Savage