Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies and Social Studies, Harvard University
Terry earned a PhD with distinction in Political Science and African American Studies from Yale University, an MSc in Political Theory Research as a Michael von Clemm Fellow at Corpus Christi College at the University of Oxford, and an AB, magna cum laude, in Government and African and African American Studies from Harvard College. His first book manuscript, The Tragic Vision of the Civil Rights Movement, is a reconstruction of the philosophical foundations of historiographical debates concerning the African-American civil rights movement, and an attempt, through a synthesis of methods drawn from political theory, philosophy of history, literary theory, and African-American Studies, to articulate the normative significance and political import of different narrative modes in African American history. Terry also edited, with Tommie Shelby, To Make a New World: Essays on the Political Philosophy of Martin Luther King, Jr. (Harvard 2018) and Fifty Years Since MLK (MIT 2018). Terry’s broader academic interests also include Black intellectual and political thought, contemporary political theory, 19th and 20th century continental philosophy, aesthetics, 19th and 20th century US history, American political development, the philosophy of race and racism, questions of poverty, crime, and incarceration in political and social theory, and the aesthetics and sociology of hip-hop and black youth culture. He has written or provided commentary for The New York Times, NPR, WGBH, The Huffington Post, The Baltimore Sun, The Point, The Nation, Time, Associated Press, Jacobin, and more.