Hartman's research focuses on African American literature and cultural history. "I'm delighted, it's a great honor," she said.
She will spend her fellowship year completing her latest book, Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments, which examines the social upheaval and radical transformation of everyday life that took place in the emergent black ghetto in the early 20th century. It will be published by W.W. Norton & Co.
Hartman's previous books include Scenes of Subjection: Terror, Slavery, and Self-making in Nineteenth Century America (Oxford University Press, 1997) and Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007).