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The John D. O’Bryant African American Institute Visiting Scholar-in-Residence Program provides residential fellowships to Ph.D-level early career scholars, scholars of distinction, independent researchers, and other senior professionals researching issues related to the African Diaspora in the U.S., the Americas and globally in the humanities, social sciences and related STEM fields.

The Visiting Scholars-in-Residence Program at the Institute is designed to link Visiting Scholars to the Northeastern University community by providing connections to scholarly and cultural interactions with faculty members and students. Visiting Scholars participate in Institute-sponsored seminars, conferences or symposia, and informal gatherings while advancing their scholarly research. Visiting Scholars will also engage in formal and informal discussions with undergraduate and graduate students on topics related to their research at the Institute.

In addition, Visiting Scholars are expected to demonstrate a strong intellectual link to the Institute as well as a clearly defined program of research and/or study while in residence. The Visiting Scholar-in-Residence program provides informal networking-sponsor opportunities in which Visiting Scholars are paired with an academic department or program in a similar field of study of their choosing.

Thank you Dr. Yndia Lorick-Wilmot


Dr. Lorick-Wilmot completed her tenure as our first visiting Scholar-in-residence. Below are links to some of the work she did while working with us and supporting the students.

Brown Bag Speaker: Yndia Lorick-Wilmot, PhD. ; Sarah Baartman, Nicki Minaj, Beyonce & The Booty: Black Womanhood, Sexuality and Beauty in Pop Culture [Photos, Video]


Yndia S. Lorick-Wilmot, PhD

Yndia Lorick Wilmot

Yndia S. Lorick-Wilmot, PhD, is a sociologist and social researcher. She has over 18 years of experience as a researcher for nonprofits, philanthropic foundations, communities and leading research centers across the U.S. and abroad on issues related to race, ethnic identity, American immigration, social policy and social justice. Also, she has served as senior lecturer in sociology in the College of Professional Studies at Northeastern University since 2001 and was a Governor-appointed Commissioner for Massachusetts Disabled Person’s Protection Commission from 2011 to 2018.

Dr. Lorick-Wilmot has presented her work at numerous social science conferences and is the recipient of numerous awards, fellowships and recognitions including the American Sociological Association.

She has published articles, white papers and books, including Creating Black Caribbean Ethnic Identity (2010), which received “Recommended Read” by Choice Magazine Reviews, Association of Colleges and Research Libraries, and her new book Stories of Identity among Black Middle Class Second Generation Caribbeans: We, Too, Sing America (2017).

Dr. Lorick-Wilmot holds a BA in sociology from Trinity College, a graduate certificate in women’s studies from the Radcliffe Consortium in Women’s Studies and a PhD in sociology from Northeastern University. 

Dr. Lorick-Wilmot’s office is located on the 2nd floor of the John D. O’Bryant African American Institute in room 212. If you would like to connect with Dr.Lorick-Wilmot, please feel free to contact her directly at

View more on Dr. Lorick-Wilmot below:

Identity, Race, and Class in the Caribbean Diaspora book talk

The Hard Story of Caribbean Immigrants and the American Dream