V.P. Franklin holds a University of California Presidential Chair and is Distinguished Professor of History and Education at the University of California, Riverside. Since 2002 he has served as the Editor of The Journal of African American History (formerly The Journal of Negro History). In the 2004-05 school year, he held the Fulbright Commission’s Uppsala Chair in American Studies at the Swedish Institute for North American Studies at Uppsala University, Sweden. Between September 2000 and August 2002 he was the Rosa and Charles Keller Professor of Arts and Humanities at Xavier University of Louisiana. Dr. Franklin received his B.A. in History from Penn State University, the Master in Arts in Teaching from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in the History of Education from the University of Chicago. He has taught in the Boston and Cambridge, MA, and Philadelphia, PA, public schools; and at the University of Illinois, Yale University, University of Pennsylvania, Arizona State University, Drexel University, Xavier University of Louisiana, Dillard University, Uppsala University, and Teachers College, Columbia University. As a Fulbright Professor in 1997, he served as “Senior Lecturer in American History” at the Universidad de Barcelona and the Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain. Dr. Franklin has also served as the Director of African American Studies programs at Yale, Arizona State, and Drexel universities; and was a Scholar-in-Residence at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, in New York City.
Dr. Franklin has served on Editorial Boards of The Journal of Negro History, The Journal of American History, History of Education Quarterly, Paedagogica Historica, and other scholarly publications. He has received fellowships, grants, and awards from many agencies and institutions, including the Danforth Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Academy of Education, the National Research Council, the Ford Foundation, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, and in 2011 he received the Cheikh A. Diop-Ida B. Wells Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Africana Studies from the National Council of Black Studies. Currently, he is completing a study of children and young people’s contributions to the Civil Rights Movement.