The Rutgers University Board of Governors has approved the creation of the Clement A. Price Chair in Public History and the Humanities. Professor Price served on the Rutgers University faculty for nearly 40 years until his death in November 2014.
Dr. Price was the Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor and the founding director of the Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience at Rutgers University-Newark. He was the author and editor of many scholarly works including Freedom Not Far Distant: A Documentary History of Afro-Americans in New Jersey (New Jersey Historical Society, 1980) and his most recent effort, the three-volume Slave Culture: A Documentary Collection of the Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers’ Project (Greenwood Publishing, 2004), where he was a co-editor.
Professor Price held bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. He earned a Ph.D. in history from Rutgers University.
“With the visionary support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the generosity of numerous contributors, the Price Chair will attract a high-impact, senior scholar who will play multi-faceted roles as researcher, mentor, catalyst, and collaborator,” said Rutgers-Newark Chancellor Nancy Cantor. “This public humanist will not only lead the Price Institute, but play a pivotal role in catalyzing the formation of a robust community of scholars, working across disciplines, engaging community partners, and mentoring junior scholars, doctoral students, and post-doctoral fellows to sustain and strengthen the next generation of public humanists. I can think of no more fitting and enduring tribute to our beloved Clem.”