African American Faculty Members Making News

grossKali Nicole Gross, professor of African American studies at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, has been granted tenure. Professor Gross’ latest book is Hannah Mary Tabbs and the Disembodied Torso: A Tale of Race, Sex, and Violence in America (Oxford University Press, 2016).

Professor Gross is a graduate of Cornell University and holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.

bruceLa Marr Jurelle Bruce, an assistant professor of American studies at the University of Maryland, College Park, has received a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship. He will spend the fellowship completing work on his book entitled How to Go Mad Without Losing Your Mind: Madness, Blackness, and Radical Creativity. He will be hosted by the department of music and the Center for Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Bruce is a graduate of Columbia University and holds a Ph.D. in African American studies and American studies from Yale University.

jenniferHamerJennifer Hamer, professor of American studies and professor of African and African American studies at the University of Kansas, has been given the added duties of associate dean for diversity, equity, and inclusion in College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Professor Hamer came to the University of Kansas in 2011. She is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio. She earned a master’s degree at Texas A&M University and a Ph.D. in sociology at the University of Texas.

LeFloriaTalitha LeFlouria is joining the faculty at the Carter G. Woodson Institute for American American and African Studies at the University of Virginia. She was an associate professor of history at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton.

Dr. LeFlouria holds a Ph.D. from Howard University in Washington, D.C. She is the author of Chained in Silence: Black Women and Convict Labor in the New South (University of North Carolina Press, 2015).


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