Wesley Hogan

Wesley Hogan

Research Professor of the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute


Wesley Hogan is the director of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, and Research Professor at the Franklin Humanities Institute and History. She writes and teaches the history of youth social movements, human rights, documentary, and oral history. Between 2004-2008, she was active with the project bringing together the Algebra Project, the Young People’s Project and the Petersburg City Public Schools, and coordinated an oral history project of the civil rights movement in Petersburg. She was the co-director of the Institute for the Study of Race Relations at Virginia State University from 2006-2009. Her most recent book, On the Freedom Side, draws a portrait of young people organizing in the spirit of Ella Baker since 1960. She co-facilitates a partnership between the SNCC Legacy Project and Duke, The SNCC Digital Gateway, whose purpose is to bring the grassroots stories of the civil rights movement to a much wider public through a web portal, K12 initiative, and set of critical oral histories.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Duke University 2000

Selected Grants

The Civil Rights Movement: Grassroots Perspectives (1940-1980) awarded by National Endowment for the Humanities (Co-Principal Investigator). 2019 to 2020

Voting Rights in the United States awarded by National Endowment for the Humanities (Co-Director). 2017 to 2020

Documentary Diversity Project awarded by (Co-Principal Investigator). 2017 to 2020

Challenging the Master Narrative of the Civil Rights Movement awarded by National Endowment for the Humanities (Scholar). 2017 to 2019