Jelani Cobb

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Location Amphitheater

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Staff writer, The New Yorker

As a staff writer at The New Yorker, Jelani Cobb writes about the enormous complexity of race in America. In 2015, he received the Sidney Hillman Prize for Opinion & Analysis Journalism for his New Yorker columns, in which he combined “the strengths of an on-the-scene reporter, a public intellectual, a teacher, a vivid writer, a subtle moralist, and an accomplished professional historian.” 

At The New Yorker, he has penned a series of articles about race, the police, and injustice. His articles include “The Anger in Ferguson,” “Murders in Charleston,” and “What We Talk About When We Talk About Reparations.” He is also the recipient of the 2017 Walter Bernstein Award from the Writer’s Guild of America for his investigative series Policing the Police, which aired on PBS Frontline in 2016. 

Cobb also teaches in the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism; formerly, he was  Associate Professor of History at the University of Connecticut, where he was director of the Africana Studies Institute. He has received fellowships from the Fulbright and Ford Foundations, and is the author of several books. Cobb is a graduate of Howard University and Rutgers University, where he received his PhD in American history.