Johns Hopkins University Scholar Wins the $50,000 Hiett Prize in the Humanities

Chris Lebron, an associate professor of philosophy at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore has been selected to receive the 2018 Hiett Prize in the Humanities from the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture. The prize, established in 2005, recognizes “ascending” scholars whose are “devoted to the humanities and whose work shows extraordinary promise to have a significant impact on contemporary culture.” The prize includes a $50,000 award.

Dr. Lebron joined the faculty at Johns Hopkins University in 2017, after teaching for five years at Yale University and for three years at the University of Virginia. His most recent book is The Making of Blacks Lives Matter: A Brief History of an Idea (Oxford University Press, 2017).

Dr. Lebron is a magna cum laude graduate of Baruch College of the City University of New York, where he double majored in political science and philosophy. He earned a Ph.D. in political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


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