Thomas Chatterton Williams
NEH/Hannah Arendt Center Distinguished Visiting Fellow
Biography:Thomas Chatterton Williams is the author of the memoirs Self-Portrait in Black and White: Unlearning Race (W. W. Norton and Company, 2019) and Losing My Cool: How a Father’s Love and 15,000 Books Beat Hip-Hop Culture (Penguin Press HC, 2010); a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine; and a distinguished fellow at the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities at Bard. An adaptation of Self-Portrait was published in the Times in September 2019, titled: “My Family’s Life Inside and Outside America’s Racial Categories.” His writing has also appeared in the New Yorker, Guardian, Harper’s, and London Review of Books, among other publications. A 2007 op-ed piece for the Washington Post, “Yes, Blame Hip-Hop,” generated a record-breaking number of comments. He is the recipient of a Berlin Prize and has received support from Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony.
BA, Georgetown University; MA, New York University. Arendt Center Fellow: 2018–20.