Five Black Professors Receive New Teaching Assignments

wilder2Craig S. Wilder was appointed the Barton L. Weller Professor in the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Professor Wilder is the author of several books including Ebony & Ivy; Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities (Bloomsbury, 2013).

Professor Wilder is a graduate of Fordham University in New York. He holds two master’s degrees and a Ph.D. from Columbia University.

stacy_ann_januaryStacy-Ann January is a new assistant professor of psychology at the University of South Carolina. Her research focuses on academic and behavioral problems of school-age children.

Dr. January is a graduate of the University of Richmond. She holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Georgia.

drake_wonder-2Wonder Drake, an associate professor of medicine and pathology, microbiology, and immunology at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, was named director of the Sarcoidosis Center of Excellence at the university. Sarcoidosis is an inflammatory disease that can affect many major organs.

Dr. Drake is a graduate of the University of Alabama and earned her medical degree at Vanderbilt University.

ravenell_joeJoseph Ravenell was promoted to associate professor of population health and medicine at the School of Medicine at New York University. Dr. Ravenell is a board-certified internist and an expert on hypertension.

Dr. Ravenell earned his medical degree at the University of Chicago and completed his residency at the University of Pennsylvania.

marlon-jamesMarlon James was appointed the first writer-in-residence at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. He has been on the faculty at the college since 2007 and will continue to teach two courses each year.

Professor James won the 2015 Man Booker Prize for his novel A Brief History of Seven Killings (Riverhead Press, 2014). A native of Jamaica, James is a graduate of the University of the West Indies. He holds a master of fine arts degree in creative writing from Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.


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