Three Black Academics Who Have Stepped Down From Their University Posts

Hazel V. Carby, the Charles C. & Dorathea S. Dilley Professor Emerita of African American Studies & American Studies at Yale University, retired from full-time teaching this spring after serving 30 years on the Yale faculty. As a world-renowned scholar in the fields of feminist literary studies and Black studies, she was instrumental in transitioning Yale’s African American studies program into a full department, and eventually into a Ph.D.-granting unit. She is the author of Reconstructing Womanhood: The Emergence of the Afro-American Woman Novelist (Oxford University Press, 1987), Race Men (Harvard University Press, 1998), Cultures in Babylon: Black Britain and African America (Verso, 1999), and the forthcoming Imperial Intimacies: A Tale of Two Islands (Verso, 2019).

Dr. Carby holds a Ph.D. from the University of Birmingham in England.

Patricia White, director of the First Year Experience Program at Alcorn State University in Mississippi, has announced that she will retire from the university after 25 years of service. Before her promotion to director, she spent 13 years as an academic advisor for the University College.

White also served as an adjunct instructor for the School of Education and Psychology at Alcorn State University for more than 10 years.

Ismail Abdullahi has retired from his position as associate professor in the School of Library and Information Sciences at North Carolina Central University in Durham. A native of Ethiopia, Dr. Abdullahi joined the faculty at the university in 2005. Earlier, he taught at the University of Southern Mississippi and Clark Atlanta University.

Dr. Abdullahi is a graduate of the Royal School of Library and Information Science in Copenhagen, Denmark. He earned a doctorate at the University of Pittsburgh.

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