Jonathan Holloway, the dean of Yale College, has been named provost of Northwestern University effective next July.

He replaces Daniel Linzer, who is stepping down after 10 years in the position.

Holloway is a professor of African-American studies, history, and American studie and specializes in post-emancipation United States history with a focus on social and intellectual history.

The New York Times reports that Holloway found himself at the center of a storm of protests last year over what some Yale students saw as a racially-charged atmosphere on campus. The protests involved everything from Halloween costumes some students considered culturally offensive to the university’s history and how it’s dealt with race.

Holloway told the paper in an email that the protests did not play a role in his decision to leave Yale. He first arrived at the New Haven campus as a graduate student and has been on the faculty there since 1999.

Holloway is the author of “Confronting the Veil: Abram Harris Jr., E. Franklin Frazier, and Ralph Bunche, 1919-1941” (2002) and “Jim Crow Wisdom: Memory and Identity in Black America Since 1940” (2013), both published by the University of North Carolina Press.

“It has been my very good fortune to have Dan Linzer as provost since I came to Northwestern eight years ago,” President Morton Schapiro said in announcing Holloway’s appointment. “I am now thrilled to have another outstanding scholar and exceptionally able administrator as my partner in the academic leadership of Northwestern. I’m eager to have Jonathan join us, and I’m confident that the Northwestern community will enjoy getting to know him.”

“I am incredibly excited to join the Northwestern community,” Holloway said in a statement. “I have long admired the scholarship that has been produced by Northwestern faculty members in my fields, and I am now eager to discover and, importantly, to support the work of my new colleagues across the University.

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