Dr. Anthony Bogues (bohgz) will serve as the inaugural director of the center. He is a professor of Africana Studies at the Ivy League school and a visiting professor at the Rhode Island School of Design.
The announcement was made Tuesday by Kevin McLaughlin, the dean of the faculty.
The university launched the center after a recommendation from a committee created by outgoing President Ruth Simmons to investigate Brown’s historical ties to slavery.
Simmons calls the creation of the center and the naming of its first director “crucially important steps” in the future of academic work in the fields of human rights and justice.