A Trio of African American Scholars Taking on New Duties in Academia

Karsonya Whitehead, a professor of communications and African American studies at Loyola University of Maryland, will serve as the inaugural director of the university’s Karson Institute for Race, Peace & Social Justice. She joined the faculty at the university in 2009.

Professor Whitehead is a graduate of Lincoln University of Pennsylvania, where she majored in history. She holds a master’s degree in international peace studies from the University of Notre Dame and a Ph.D. in language literature and culture from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Tomaz Cunningham, an associate professor of foreign languages at Jackson State University in Mississippi, was given the added duties as interim director of JSU Global in the Division of Academic Affairs.

Dr. Cunningham received a bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, where he studied physiology and French. After serving eight years in the United States Army, he completed a dual master’s degree in foreign languages and literatures and teaching English as a second language at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He earned a doctorate in romance language from the University of Missouri.

Rhamin Ligon, a clinical assistant professor of emergency medicine at the University of Maryland, was named executive director of the Maryland Emergency Medicine Network. She has been on the faculty at the university’s School of Medicine since 1994.

Dr. Rigon earned her medical degree at Howard University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C.


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