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Five African Americans Appointed to Faculty Positions at Prestigious Universities

AnneChristo-BakerE. Anne Christo-Baker was named associate professor of organizational behavior and leadership at the Purdue University North Central campus in Westville, Indiana.

Dr. Christo-Baker is a graduate of the University of Sierra Leone in Africa. She holds a master’s degree in organizational development and a doctorate in education from Bowling Green State University in Ohio.

Melissa_Harris-PerryMelissa Harris-Perry will join the faculty at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, this summer. She will hold a Presidential Chair in the department of politics and international affairs. Since 2011, Professor Harris-Perry has been a professor of political science at Tulane University in New Orleans. She is also a host and commentator for MSNBC.

Professor Harris Perry is the author of Barbershops, Bibles, and BET: Everyday Talk and Black Political Thought (Princeton University Press, 2004) and Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America (Yale University Press, 2011).

A graduate of Wake Forest University, Professor Harris-Perry holds a Ph.D. in political science from Duke University.

DanielHowardDaniel Howard is a new Public Policy Research Institute Professor in the College of Liberal Arts at Texas A&M University. He is the founder of the Institute for Health, Social, and Community Research at Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at Meharry Medical College in Nashville.

Dr. Howard is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where he majored in economics. He earned a doctorate in education and human development at Vanderbilt University.

wardJesmyn Ward will join the faculty at Tulane University in New Orleans this July. She will become the inaugural holder of the Paul and Debra Gibbons Professorship in English at the university. Currently, she is an assistant professor of creative writing at the University of South Alabama in Mobile.

In 2011, Ward won the National Book Award in the nonfiction category for her novel Salvage the Bones. Her latest book is Men We Reaped: A Memoir (Bloomsbury, 2013). Ward holds a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in media studies and communication from Stanford University.

BaileyCraig Bailey was named an assistant professor of music at the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. In addition to his teaching duties. Bailey will be music director and conductor of the Jazz Lab Band at the conservatory.

Bailey, who is a graduate of the University of Miami, was the lead alto saxophonist for Ray Charles from 1988 to 2004.


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