Congratulations to Bertin M. Louis, Jr., Winner of the 2023-2024 Wenner-Gren Fellowship in Anthropology and Black Experiences!

The School for Advanced Research (SAR), in Santa Fe, New Mexico, administers the Wenner-Gren Fellowship in Anthropology and Black Experiences in collaboration with the Foundation. The purpose of this fellowship is to expand the anthropological conversation and build capacity in anthropology as a career and field of study, amplifying perspectives previously underrepresented in the discipline. This year's winner is Bertin M. Louis, Jr., for his project, "Anti-Haitianism in Paradise: Marginalization, Stigma and Antiblackness in the Bahamas."

Bertin M. Louis, Jr. PhD is Associate Professor of Anthropology and African American & Africana Studies (AAAS) at the University of Kentucky. He is President of the Association of Black Anthropologists (2021-2023), past Editor of Conditionally Accepted, is a regular contributor to Higher Ed Jobs, and a co-editor for the Truthout series called “Challenging the Corporate University.” He served as the inaugural director of undergraduate studies for AAAS (2019-2021) at the University of Kentucky and Vice Chair of the Africana Studies Program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (2014-2019). Dr. Louis studies the growth of Protestant forms of Christianity among Haitians transnationally, which is featured in his New York University Press book, “My Soul is in Haiti: Protestantism in the Haitian Diaspora of the Bahamas (2015)” which was a Finalist for the 2015 Haitian Studies Association Book Prize in the Social Sciences. He also studies human rights, statelessness among Haitians in the Bahamas, anti-Haitianism, and antiracist social movements in the US South. Dr. Louis teaches courses in Black Studies and Cultural Anthropology, and he received his PhD in 2008 from the Department of Anthropology at Washington University in Saint Louis.

Dr. Louis is also the owner and founder of Navigating Higher Education (NHE), an award-winning academic consulting firm which empowers graduate students and doctoral degree holders to find and secure tenure-track jobs.