Thomas C. Holt

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Thomas Cleveland Holt (born November 30, 1942) is an American Historian; he is the James Westfall Thompson Professor of American and African American History at the University of Chicago. He has produced a number of works on the people and descendants of the African Diaspora.[1][2]

He taught at Howard University, Harvard University, the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Michigan.[3] He was born in Danville, Virginia.[4]


A past president of the American Historical Association, Holt was a Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars from 1987 to 1988. Holt became a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellow in 1990.[5] In 1994, President Bill Clinton named Holt to the National Council on Humanities.[6] He was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2003.[7] Holt was a Citigroup Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin, Germany, for fall 2008.[8] In 1978 Holt was awarded the Southern Historical Association's Charles S. Sydnor Prize for his first book, Black Over White.[9]



  1. ^ Thomas C. Holt biography, The University of Chicago.
  2. ^ Thomas C. Holt, Department of History, The University of Chicago.
  3. ^ Thomas C. Holt.
  4. ^ "Holt, Thomas Cleveland", Reports of the President and of the Treasurer, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, 1988, p. 53.
  5. ^ John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Fellows List
  6. ^ "Holt named to National Council on Humanities", University of Chicago Chronicle, Vol. 14, No. 2, August 18, 1994.
  7. ^ American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Class of 2003 - Fellows
  8. ^ American Academy in Berlin, Citigroup Fellow Class of Fall 2008: Thomas Holt
  9. ^ "Awards — The Charles S. Sydnor Award", The Southern Historical Association.

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