Three Black Scholars Appointed to Notable Professorships at American Universities

J. Luke Wood was appointed the Dean’s Distinguished Professor of Education in the College of Education at San Diego State University. He also serves as director of the joint Ph.D. program in education of San Diego State University and Claremont Graduate University.

Dr. Wood holds a bachelor’s degree in Black history and politics and a master’s degree in higher education from California State University, Sacramento. He earned a second master’s degree in curriculum and instruction and a Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy from Arizona State University.

Michelle Wright was named the Augustus Baldwin Longstreet Professor of English at Emory University in Atlanta. She is the former professor of African American studies and comparative literary studies at Northwestern University. Her research focuses on the problem of identity in the literature and philosophy of the Black and African Diasporas. Dr. Wright is the author of Physics of Blackness: Beyond the Middle Passage Epistemology (University of Minnesota Press, 2015).

Professor Wright is a graduate of Oberlin College in Ohio. She earned a Ph.D. in comparative literature at the University of Michigan.

T. Joel Wade, was named  to a Presidential Professorship at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. A social psychologist specializing in the study of mate selection and attraction, Dr. Wade is president of the Northeastern Evolutionary Psychology Society. He chaired the psychology department at Bucknell from 2002 to 2014.

Professor Wade joined the faculty at Bucknell in 1987. He holds a Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


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