Rutgers University President Jonathan Holloway will provide contributing commentary in The HISTORY Channel’s new series “The American Presidency with Bill Clinton,” which explores the history of the American presidency and the struggle for a more perfect union across themed episodes on race, extremism, the struggle for rights, presidential vision, and global power.
The premium series – hosted and executive produced by President Bill Clinton – features expert commentary from renowned authors, historians, and witnesses to history, and will include interviews with Holloway in its debut episode [“Separate but Unequal"] on Memorial Day (Monday, May 30) at 10:30 p.m. and in its fourth episode [“Extremism”] on Monday, June 20, at 9 p.m.
A U.S. historian, Holloway took office as the 21st president of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, on July 1, 2020, and serves as a University Professor and Distinguished Professor. His scholarly work specializes in post-emancipation U.S. history with a focus on social and intellectual history.
He is the author of The Cause of Freedom: A Concise History of African Americans (Oxford University Press, February 2021) as well as Confronting the Veil: Abram Harris Jr., E. Franklin Frazier, and Ralph Bunche, 1919-1941 (2002), and Jim Crow Wisdom: Memory and Identity in Black America Since 1940 (2013), the latter two published by the University of North Carolina Press. Holloway edited Ralph Bunche’s A Brief and Tentative Analysis of Negro Leadership (New York University Press, 2005) and coedited Black Scholars on the Line: Race, Social Science, and American Thought in the Twentieth Century (Notre Dame University Press, 2007). He wrote the introduction for the 2015 edition of W.E.B. Du Bois’s Souls of Black Folk (Yale University Press), and is working on a new book, A History of Absence: Race and the Making of the Modern World.