Historian Craig S. Wilder, 2013

Craig S. Wilder 2013
Photo: Bryce Vickmark/MIT News Office

Craig S. Wilder at the Institute Archives, 2013.


Craig Steven Wilder is a historian of American institutions and ideas, and a professor of history at MIT. 

Wilder began his career as a community organizer in the South Bronx. He spent over a decade researching the deep connections between race, slavery and American universities. The result was Ebony & Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities (Bloomsbury, 2013). 

Wilder’s unflinching look at the less-than-rosy histories of Ivy League institutions makes for a book that, according to the New York Times, “may not find a home on many alumni-office coffee tables."

Timeline: 2010s
School: School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
Department: History
Career: Arts & HumanitiesEducation
Object: Image
Collection: Faculty, Harvard, Rising Voices 1995-Present