Four Black Faculty Members Take on New Roles

cisse_ibrahimIbrahim Cisse is a new assistant professor of physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He had worked in the Transcription Imaging Consortium at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Janelia Farm Research Campus in Ashburn, Virginia.

Cisse, is a native of the African nation of Niger. He earned a bachelor’s degree at North Carolina Central University in Durham. He holds a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Illinois.

BurnimMellonee V. Burnim, a professor of folklore and ethnomusicology at Indiana University in Bloomington, was named director of the Archives of African American Music and Culture at the university.

Dr. Burnim is a graduate of the University of North Texas in Denton. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from Indiana University.

johnson_creolaCreola Johnson was named the President’s Club Professor in Law at the Moritz College of Law at Ohio State University. Before joining the faculty at Ohio State University, she taught at the University of Iowa College of Law.

Professor Johnson is a graduate of Louisiana State University and the law school at West Virginia University.

PurnellBrian Purnell was promoted to associate professor of Africana studies and history at Bowdoin College in Maine. He was also granted tenure. Dr. Purnell came to Bowdoin in 2010 after serving on the faculty at Fordham University in The Bronx, New York. He is the author of Fighting Jim Crow in the County of Kings: The Congress of Racial Equality in Brooklyn (University of Kentucky Press, 2013).

Dr. Purnell is a graduate of Fordham University and he holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from New York University.


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