Jarvis R. Givens

Jarvis R. Givens is an Assistant Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Suzanne Young Murray Assistant Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. As an interdisciplinary historian, he specializes in 19th and 20th century classroom experiences of African American teachers and students, and Black educators’ intellectual history. Dr. Givens’ first book, Schooling in Forbidden Fields: Carter G. Woodson and the Demands of Black Education (forthcoming, Harvard University Press), analyzes Carter G. Woodson’s (1875-1950) critiques of the American school, how ordinary teachers put his ideas and alternative curriculum into practice, and students’ experiences with Woodson’s interventions (Negro History Week, textbooks, classroom decorations, etc.). Dr. Givens has published in journals such as: Race Ethnicity and EducationSouls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and SocietyHarvard Educational Review, and more. He earned his Ph.D. in African Diaspora Studies from the University of California, Berkeley in 2016 and he is a life member of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.