Melville J. Herskovits

Melville J. Herskovits

Fellow: Awarded 1937
Field of Study: Anthropology and Cultural Studies

Competition: US & Canada

Northwestern University

As published in the Foundation’s Report for 1937–38:

HERSKOVITS, MELVILLE J.:  Appointed for the writing of a book on primitive economics; tenure, twelve months from September 1, 1937.

Born September 10, 1895, at Bellefontaine, Ohio.  Education:  University of Cincinnati, 1915–17; University of Poitiers, 1919; University of Chicago, Ph.B., 1920; Columbia University, A.M., 1921, Ph.D., 1923. National Research Council Fellow, 1923–26.

Lecturer in Anthropology, 1925, Howard University; Lecturer in Anthropology, 1924–26, Columbia University; Assistant Professor of Anthropology, 1927–31, Associate Professor, 1931–35, Professor, 1935—, Northwestern University.

 Publications:  The American Negro: A Study in Racial Crossing, 1928; The Anthropometry of the American Negro, 1930; Rebel Destiny, Among the Bush-Negroes of Dutch Guiana (with Frances S. Herskovits), 1934; An Outline of Dahomean Religious Belief (with Frances S. Herskovits), 1936; Life in a Haitian Valley, 1937.  Articles in American Anthropologist, American Mercury, American Journal of Physical Anthropology, Journal of American Folk-Lore, Africa, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, Man, Anthropologischer Anzeiger, Human Biology, Zeitschrift für Ethnologie, American Journal of Sociology, Proceedings of the American Sociological Society, Social Forces, Southwestern Political and Social Science Quarterly, The American Naturalist, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Journal of the Washington Academy of Sciences, Journal of the American Statistical Association, Journal of Negro Education, Science, School and Society, Journal of Applied Psychology, Pedagogical Seminary and Journal of Genetic Psychology, Psychological Bulletin, De West-Indische Gids, Eugenics Review, Opportunity, The Crisis, Sigma Xi Quarterly, Survey Graphic, The Arts, American Magazine of Art, Nation, New Republic, Current History, Modern Quarterly, Proceedings of the Illinois State Academy of Sciences, La Relève. Contributor to Proceedings of the International Congress of Americanists, 1924, 1928, 1930; The New Negro, 1925; Proceedings of the Mid-West Conference of the Chicago Association for Child Study and Parent Education, 1933; Proceedings of the International Congress of Anthropology, 1934; Negro, 1934; Essays Presented to C. G. Seligman, 1934; A Handbook of Social Psychology, 1934; Encyclopaedia of the Social Sciences; Enciclopedia Italiana.

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