Project Team

The Black Teacher Archive project team is composed of core members – principal investigators and the project manager. As a project awarded to Harvard Graduate School of Education, administrative support and guidance is provided by Monroe C. Gutman Library staff and Harvard Imaging Services. To complement the collective mindfulness, we seek to be in community with a range of folks to provide feedback on the scholarship, ethics, and approaches to the project.

Principal Investigators

Imani Perry is the Hughes-Rogers Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University and a faculty associate with the Programs in Law and Public Affairs, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Jazz Studies. She is the author of 6 books, including Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry (Beacon Press, 2018) and May We Forever Stand: A History of the Black National Anthem (The University of North Carolina Press, 2018). Her most recent book is: Breathe: A Letter to My Sons (Beacon Press, 2019). Perry is a scholar of law, literary and cultural studies, and an author of creative nonfiction. She earned her Ph.D. in American Studies from Harvard University, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, an LLM from Georgetown University Law Center and a BA from Yale College in Literature and American Studies. Her writing and scholarship primarily focuses on the history of Black thought, art, and imagination crafted in response to, and resistance against, the social, political and legal realities of domination in the West. She seeks to understand the processes of retrenchment after moments of social progress, and how freedom dreams are nevertheless sustained.

Jarvis Givens is an assistant professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the Suzanne Young Murray assistant professor at the Radcliffe Institute, and a faculty affiliate in the department of African & African American Studies at Harvard University. He is a two-time Ford Foundation fellow and an MMUF fellow, having earned his Ph.D. in African American Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. Professor Givens’ research falls at the intersection of 19th and 20th century African American history, the history of education, and critical theories of race and education. He is the author of Fugitive Pedagogy: Carter G. Woodson and the Art of Black Teaching (Harvard University Press, 2021), and co-editor of We Dare Say Love: Supporting Achievement in the Educational Life of Black Boys (Columbia’s Teachers College Press, 2018). His scholarship has also appeared in various academic journals, including American Education Research Journal, Race Ethnicity and Education, Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics Culture and Society, and Harvard Educational Review. Professor Givens is originally from Compton, California and currently lives in Roxbury, Massachusetts.  

Project Manager

Micha Broadnax is the Project Manager for the Black Teacher Archive. Informed by Black feminist imaginations, she pursued the library profession to explore archiving as a practice of self-care and the activation of archival spaces for community building. She is also the Digital Projects Archivist at Mount Holyoke College and serves as a community workshop trainer for Documenting the Now. Micha earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Brandeis University and a Master’s in Library and Information Science from Simmons University. In addition to private archival consultation experience, Micha has held positions at Converse (a subsidiary of Nike, Inc), Emerson College, Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, and Harvard Law School.