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Release Date: Friday, May 2, 2014 2:49 PM
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Professor Awarded Prestigious Humanities Fellowship
Quito Swan

WASHINGTON (March 25, 2014) – Quito Swan, Ph.D., an associate professor of History at Howard University, has been named a 2014 University Teachers Fellow of the National Endowment for Humanities (NEH).
The eight-month fellowship, titled Pauulu Kamarakafego, Indigenous Technology, and Global Black Power, provides Swan with $33,000 to support research for his book about Pauulu Kamarakafego, an ecological engineer and political activist from Bermuda.
Swan’s application was one of 40 selected by the NEH for funding from a field of more than 1,200 applicants.
“I am extremely honored to be named a University Teachers Fellow,” said Swan. “It is one of the most prestigious fellowships in the humanities, and will allow me to build on my current work about one of Bermuda’s most visionary leaders.”

Swan will travel to the South Pacific Islands to conduct research on the African Diaspora, Black Power, and Pan-Africanism movements in Australia, Vanuatu, New Guinea and Fiji. The book will expand the “Pauulu Project,” a Washington, D.C.-based research initiative dedicated to memorializing the life’s work of Kamarakafego, who died in 2007.

NEH is an independent federal agency created in 1965 and is one of the largest funders of humanities programs in the United States. University Teachers Fellowships support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both.


Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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