Current Research

Ferguson Teach-In

In 2015, the Trotter Institute is working with campus partners to organize a series of teach-ins that address developments and issues arising in the Age of Ferguson:

Big Read Grant

Thanks to a Big Read grant, the Trotter is exploring the African Diaspora in Boston by discussing an Ethiopian American novel by MacArthur genius Dinaw Mengestu.

Research Consortium

An interdisciplinary, intercultural panel of scholars researching the question of "Assimilating Americans" through the lens of new immigrants in Greater Boston coming from Asia, Cape Verde, Guatemala, and Haiti. The premise of this research is that the African American context provides the paradigm for incoming immigrants. Affiliated faculty and research fellows: Jorge Capetillo-Ponce, Associate Professor of Sociology; Glenn Jacobs, Associate Professor of Sociology; Richard (Chi-Kan) Hung; Assistant Professor of Human Services; Marisol Negron, Assistant Professor of American StudiesAminah Pilgrim, Assistant Professor of Africana Studies; Tim Sieber, Professor of Anthropology; Shirley Tang, Associate Professor of American Studies; and Carolyn Wong, Research Associate, Institute for Asian American Studies. Barbara Lewis, director of the Trotter Institute, is the project leader.


The Trotter Institute, in association with the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, is completing a health profile of Haitian Americans in Boston. This profile will be expanded to include other segments of the black community in Boston.

Trotter Review

High school students of Haitian descent in Boston and Cambridge wrestle with reconciling their ancestral and American identities, as individuals and among themselves, according to a study published in the current Trotter Review. This is no longer available in hard copy format, but it is available online, free of charge. 

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