CLEMSON — Carnegie Corporation of New York has named Maribel Morey, assistant professor of history at Clemson University, a 2016 Andrew Carnegie Fellow for her research on the role of elite philanthropy in the lives of black Americans. She is one of 33 individuals across the country selected for this honor.

Maribel Morey

Maribel Morey

Fellows were selected based on the originality, promise, and potential impact of their proposals. Each will receive up to $200,000 to fund one to two years of scholarly research and writing aimed at addressing some of the world’s most urgent challenges to U.S. democracy and international order. (Read about all of the Carnegie Fellows.)

“I could not be more delighted for Dr. Morey,” said Robert H. Jones, Clemson’s executive vice president for academic affairs and provost. “This accomplishment is a credit to her scholarship and the power of her ideas. It also brings well-deserved attention to our humanities faculty who make such important contributions to Clemson’s intellectual life and academic reputation.”

Morey’s proposal is titled “Big Philanthropy in the Lives of Black Americans: What Today’s Foundations Can Learn from this History.” She will use the award to complete two book projects, the first of which is already under way.

“I am honored to have been selected as an Andrew Carnegie Fellow, and thus to receive such generous support from the Carnegie Corporation to complete my work on elite philanthropy’s approach to American race relations during the span of the 20th century,” Morey said. “I will be able to conduct some final archival research for the first manuscript which I am currently editing. It details the transformation of these philanthropic organizations from supporters of segregated education for black Americans to key institutions of the civil rights struggle during the first half of the 20th century.

“Then I will be able to jump straight into the research and writing stages of the second work, where I will investigate what big philanthropy meant by advocating racial equality in the U.S. during the later half of the century. This two-part project will not only clarify big philanthropy’s intentions as civil rights actors in the United States, but also suggest the role that they should play today in the lives of minority groups in democratic societies.”

Morey has a Juris Doctor degree from the New York University School of Law and a Master of Arts and Ph.D. from Princeton University. She joined the Clemson history department in 2013.

“Maribel Morey is a shining example of the critical contributions humanities-based scholarship can make to a society,” said Richard Goodstein, dean of the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities. “Her research promises a new understanding of the impacts and potential of the philanthropic sector as it relates to minority groups. It is important and timely work. Kudos to Dr. Morey.”

The Carnegie Fellows nominating process entailed three levels of review and began with the corporation seeking recommendations from more than 600 leaders representing a range of universities, think tanks, publishers and nonprofit organizations nationwide. They nominated some 200 candidates, whose proposals were evaluated by an anonymous team of prominent scholars, educators and intellectuals. The final selections were made by a distinguished panel of 16 jurors, including heads of the country’s premier scholarly institutions and presidents of leading universities and foundations.

“Our founder, Andrew Carnegie, charged Carnegie Corporation with the task of creating, advancing and diffusing knowledge in order to enlighten American society and strengthen our democracy,” said Vartan Gregorian, president of Carnegie Corporation of New York. “This outstanding new cohort of 33 Carnegie Fellows is a result of that mandate.”


Carnegie Corporation of New York
Carnegie Corporation of New York was established in 1911 by Andrew Carnegie to promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding. In keeping with this mandate, the Corporation’s work focuses on the issues that Andrew Carnegie considered of paramount importance: international peace, the advancement of education and knowledge, and the strength of our democracy.

Clemson University
Ranked No. 21 among national public universities, Clemson University is a major, land-grant, science- and engineering-oriented research university that maintains a strong commitment to teaching and student success. Clemson is an inclusive, student-centered community characterized by high academic standards, a culture of collaboration, school spirit and a competitive drive to excel.