Vera Grant

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Vera Ingrid Grant is Executive Director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University, where she personally directs both the Fellows Program and the Rudenstine Gallery. She is completing her Ph.D. dissertation in Modern European History on Transnational Race in the U.S. Occupation Zone in Germany, 1918–1923. ; Her MA and further graduate work in Modern European History was at Stanford University; Her BA in both History and Art was at CCNY and the CUNY Grad Center. She was the Associate Director of the Program in African and African American Studies at Stanford from 2001 to 2007, where she taught courses on Black Feminisms, Black Europe, Paris Noir, the Trajectories of Jim Crow,and Art in Bits, and designed and led faculty and student expeditions to Paris, Belize and NYC.

Grant spent a year on a Fulbright Grant at the Universität Hamburg, Germany, She returned to Europe this spring for a series of lectures on the Interrogation of Race and Gender in 20th C. Images and Texts in Germany that she presented in Bonn, Germany and Basel, Switzerland. She also presented recent lectures at Vanderbilt, BU, Harvard, the 2010 MAASA conference at KU, and the Italian Embassy in Boston, and previously at the CAAR conference at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität in Münster, and the BEST conference at the Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut (FMI) in Berlin. Grant is a novelist, a mixed media and graphic artist, and has several articles and short stories now in publication.