Three Black Scholars Taking on New Faculty Assignments

Dionne Danns, professor in the School of Education, adjunct professor in African American and African Diaspora studies in the College of Arts and Sciences, and former associate vice provost for institutional diversity at Indiana University in Bloomington, has been named a Class of 1950 Herman B Wells Endowed Professor. Dr. Danns, who joined the faculty in 2005, is an expert on the history of education and is well known for her original historical research, with particular emphasis on Black education and desegregation in Chicago.

A graduate of the University of Illinois, Professor Danns is the author of Crossing Segregated Boundaries: Remembering Chicago School Desegregation (Rutgers University Press, 2020).

Eric Mvukiyehe has been appointed assistant professor of political science at Duke Univerity in Durham, North Carolina. He has been serving as an economist at the World Bank’s Development Vice Presidency, the premier research and data arm of the World Bank. Earlier, he worked in the World Bank’s Gender Innovation Lab, where he provided support and technical assistance in the design and implementation of gender programs in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Mvukiyehe holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University in New York City.

Ashia Wilson recently joined the department of electrical engineering and computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as an assistant professor. Her research centers upon optimization, algorithmic decision-making, dynamical systems, and fairness within large-scale machine learning.

Dr. Wilson is a graduate of Harvard University, where she majored in applied mathematics. She holds a Ph.D. in statistics from the University of California, Berkeley.


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