Brenda Stevenson, professor of history at UCLA who holds the Nickoll Family Endowed Chair in History, has been chosen as one of two William Andrews Clark professors of 2019–20.

The Clark professors are chosen each academic year to lead core programs that make up the heart of the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library’s academic activity. Along with fellow historian Sharla Fett, professor of history at Occidental College, Stevenson will orgainze one conference per quarter during the academic year investigating how three events of British colonial settler aggression in 1619 played out in North America from various perspectives. They will also publish an edited volume from the conference proceedings. 

Stevenson’s research has garnered numerous prizes including the James A. Rawley Prize from the Organization of American Historians for the best book in race relations for “The Contested Murder of Latasha Harlins,” the Ida B. Wells Barnett Award for Bravery in Journalism, and the Gustavus Meyer Outstanding Book Prize for “Life in Black and White.”