Five Black Scholars Who Are Taking on New Assignments in the Academic World

L. Trenton S. Marsh was appointed assistant professor of urban education in the department of learning sciences and educational research at the University of Central Florida. He recently completed a two-year postdoctoral research fellowship at the National Center for Institutional Diversity at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Marsh is a graduate of American University in Washington, D.C., where he majored in business administration. He holds a master’s degree in education from George Washington University and a Ph.D. in teaching and learning from New York University.

Nadya Mason, a professor of physics, was named a University Scholar at the flagship campus of the University of Illinois.  Her research focuses on how electrons behave in low-dimensional materials. The research is relevant to a variety of technologies including novel nano-electronics and quantum computation.

Professor Nadya Mason received her bachelor’s degree in physics from Harvard University in 1995 and earned her doctorate in physics in 2001 from Stanford University.

Ariel James was hired as an assistant professor of psychology at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. Her research focuses on language processing and other cognitive abilities. She has been conducting postdoctoral research at Macalester College for the past two years.

Dr. James is a graduate of Stanford University and holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from the University of Illinois.

Keena Arbuthnot, a professor in the School of Education at Louisiana State University, was given the added duties of associate vice president for humanities, social sciences, and allied fields.

Dr. Arbuthnot received her bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Central Missouri in 1999. She went on to get her master’s and doctoral degrees in educational psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Trevon Logan is the inaugural holder of the North Hall Chair in Economics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He also will serve as associate dean of social sciences at the university. He was the Hazel C. Youngberg Trustees Distinguished Professor in the department of economics at Ohio State University.

Professor Logan earned a bachelor’s degree in economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He holds master’s degrees in economics and in demography and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley.


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