Nathan Irvin Huggins (1927-1989) was a distinguished American historian, author and educator. As a leading scholar in the field of African-American studies, he was W. E. B. Du Bois Professor of History and of Afro-American Studies at Harvard University as well as director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research. Born in Chicago in 1927, he died in Cambridge, Massachusetts December 5, 1989.