Honors Program


Image of Dr. Nigel C. Gibson. Director of Emerson College's Honors Program

Nigel C. Gibson, PhD
Director, Emerson College Honors Program

Honors education offers a sequence of interdisciplinary courses designed to encourage bright, independent students to achieve at their highest capacity. The Emerson College Honors Program is an intellectual and creative community that integrates a challenging liberal arts curriculum and specialized study in the student's chosen field. The program was founded in 1989 and has an incoming class size of 50 students. Students accepted to the program are awarded a Trustee Scholarship (half tuition) for up to four years. Honors Program students receive individual advising and take academically challenging interdisciplinary seminars that fulfill the College's general education requirements followed by advanced courses (colloquia and seminar) and culminating in an Honors thesis/project that relates critical and theoretical perspectives to their creative work.

Nigel C. Gibson was appointed director of the Honors Program in 2003. He was previously the assistant director of the Institute of African Studies at Columbia University where he received an MA (1989), MPhil (1992), and PhD in political science (1996) as well as an MA in English and Comparative Literature (1993). At Emerson, Dr. Gibson teaches courses in postcolonial studies, African/a studies, and globalization. He is recognized as a leading authority on Frantz Fanon and is the author of Fanon: The Postcolonial Imagination, which won the 2009 Caribbean Philosophy Association award; the editor of Rethinking Fanon (1999); and Living Fanon (2011). Dr. Gibson has edited two books on South Africa politics, Challenging Hegemony (2006) and Biko Lives (with Amanda Alexander and Andile Mngxitama, 2008) and is the author of Fanonian Practices in South Africa (2011). He has also edited volumes on African Studies (Contested Terrains, with George Bond, 2002) and on Adorno (A Critical Reader with Andrew Rubin, 2002) and is currently the editor of the Journal of Asian and African Studies.