Visiting Faculty Fellowships

Provost’s Distinguished Visiting Faculty Fellowships


A distinguished visiting faculty fellow is annually selected by Penn’s Provost Wendell Pritchett – nominated by a center, department or school, and approved by the appropriate schools’ Chair or Dean – whose work promotes civic engagement, scholarly innovation and inclusive communities. The appointment is intended for a senior scholar of national or international prominence, with the aim of enriching the intellectual and cultural life of the Penn community.

Fellows can be from any academic discipline, with preference for those whose work is interdisciplinary in nature, promotes the growth of academic fields, and involves novel research, scholarly themes or methods. Fellows may be asked to mentor Penn undergraduate and graduate students, participate in panels and public discussions with senior Penn colleagues, collaborate on research projects, and provide at least one annual talk of significance to the Penn community.

2020-21 Fellow: Lance Freeman, Ph.D.

Lance Freeman is a Professor in the Urban Planning program at Columbia GSAPP. His research focuses on affordable housing, gentrification, ethnic and racial stratification in housing markets, and the relationship between the built environment and well being. Professor Freeman teaches courses on community development, housing policy and research methods. Dr. Freeman has published several articles in refereed journals on issues related to neighborhood change, urban poverty, housing policy, urban sprawl and residential segregation. Dr. Freeman is also the author of the book There Goes the Hood: Views of Gentrification from the Ground Up (Temple University Press). He also obtained extensive experience working with community development groups while working as a Community Development coordinator for the North Carolina Institute of Minority Economic Development and as a Research Associate at the Center for Urban and Regional Studies in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Dr. Freeman also has professional experience working as a City Planner for the New York City Housing Authority, and as a budget analyst for the New York City Department of Environmental Protection.

2019-20 Fellow: George Yancy, Ph.D.

George Yancy, the Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Philosophy at Emory University, is an American philosopher and public intellectual. He works primarily in the areas of critical philosophy of race, critical whiteness studies, critical phenomenology (especially, on racial embodiment), and philosophy of the Black experience. Yancy has written provocative essays and conducted engaging and insightful interviews with such prominent intellectuals as Noam Chomsky, Judith Butler, Cornel West, Peter Singer, Anthony Appiah, and many others, at the New York Times, “The Stone.” He is the author, editor and co-editor of over 20 books. Some of his books include Black BodiesWhite Gazes: The Continuing Significance of Race in AmericaLook, A White! Philosophical Essays on WhitenessOn Race: 34 Conversations in a Time of Crisis, and Backlash: What Happens When We Talk Honestly about Racism in America. His forthcoming books engage questions of race, whiteness, sexism, African American philosophy, language, and culture.