Project Leadership

Deborah Gray White, Board of Governors Distinguished Professor of History, and Marisa J. Fuentes, Presidential Term Chair in African American History, direct the Scarlet and Black Project and lead the research team.

Digital Archivist

Jesse Bayker is the Digital Archivist who coordinates the collections and exhibits for the Scarlet and Black Project.

Scarlet and Black Postdocs

Alexandria Russell, 2019-2021 Scarlet and Black Postdoctoral Fellow.

Miya Carey, 2018-2019 Scarlet and Black Postdoctoral Associate and co-editor for Volume 3. Dr. Carey is now the Presidential Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow at Binghamton University.

Kendra Boyd, 2017-2018 Scarlet and Black Postdoctoral Associate and co-editor for Volume 2. Dr. Boyd is now an Assistant Professor of History at Rutgers University–Camden.

Doctoral Researchers

Beatrice J. Adams, Tracey Johnson, Brenann Sutter, Pamela Walker, and Caitlin Wiesner contributed to our digital collections and exhibits.

Most of the essays in our three books were written by doctoral researchers. For the names of the authors, see our Books page.

Public History Program Contributors

Students in the Public History Program contributed to the digital archive, walking tours, and mobile app associated with the Scarlet and Black Project.

Undergraduate students in Jesse Bayker’s Digital History course contributed content to our digital exhibits and the Rutgers and Slavery Timeline and edited Wikipedia articles to address slavery in Rutgers and New Brunswick history.

  • Digital history student contributors are Michael Collado, Christian Courtney, Rachel Diroll-Zack, Dante Intindola, Kathryn Mannoia, Sid Mehta, Ryan Moorhouse, Andrew Nester, Colleen Nester, Timothy O’Donnell, Khaled Reza, Jenny Schneider, Manan Shah, Adam Sofio, Courtney Stevenson, June Titus, Daniel Venetsky, and Joseph Westendorf.

Coordinator of Public History Kristin O’Brassill-Kulfan contributed to the historical markers for campus landmarks and has worked with undergraduate students to develop campus walking tours and then translate tours and exhibits into a mobile app. Several graduate students also contributed to this work.

  • Adelina Begu, Tasnim Bhuiya, Carson Cummins, Tyler Johnson, Brooke Lockwood, Anjelica Matcho, Katherine Mitchell, Shania Pierre, Alexander Rosado-Torres, Jomaira Salas Pujols, June Titus, Andrea Vacchiano, and David Vinarov worked to develop the walking tours, ran focus groups for feedback, and led tours for hundreds of people.
  • Frankie Aguilar, Carson Cummins, Anjelica Matcho, and Dara Walker worked to develop a mobile app together with students from RUMAD (Rutgers Mobile App Development Club) and support from the Rutgers 250 Office.

Our Partners

Rutgers University Libraries

Erika Gorder, University Archivist, and Tom Frusciano, University Archivist Emeritus, have guided us through the maze of archival materials at Special Collections and University Archives. Zara Wilkinson and Julie Still at the Paul Robeson Library helped us gather materials related to Rutgers–Camden.

Mount Zion AME Church

Barbara Saunders, the history coordinator at the Mount Zion AME Church of New Brunswick has generously contributed her time and wisdom, enabling us to create a digital collection of Alice Jennings Archibald History Library Records. We are deeply grateful to her.