Four African American Scholars Appoointed to New Teaching Posts at Major Universities

Kwame Dawes, professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln was appointed University Professor. He is a poet, a writer, and a literary critic. Professor Dawes is the author of 29 books of poetry and numerous other books of fiction, criticism, and essays. He has served as editor of the literary journal Prairie Schooner.

Professor Dawes holds a Ph.D. from the University of New Brunswick in Canada.

Nadia Brown will begin her tenure as director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., this summer. Dr. Brown will also be a professor in the department of government with an affiliate appointment in the department of African American studies. She has been serving as an associate professor of political science and African American studies at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. Her latest book is Sister Style: The Politics of Appearance for Black Women Political Elites (Oxford University Press, 2021).

Dr. Brown is a graduate of Howard University in Washington, D.C. She earned a Ph.D. in political science at Rutgers University in New Jersey.

Christopher Wayne Robinson has been appointed an assistant professor of social work at the Pennsylvania State University Allegheny Campus in McKeesport. He was on the social work faculty at the Community College of Allegheny County in Pennsylvania.

Dr. Robinson is a native of Kalamazoo, Michigan. He holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from Jackson State University in Mississippi. He earned a master of social work degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a doctorate in higher education administration and leadership studies from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Roderick A. Ferguson has been appointed the William Robertson Coe Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and professor of American studies at Yale University. Dr. Ferguson joined the Yale faculty in 2019 after holding professorships at the University of Minnesota and the University of Illinois, Chicago. He is the author or editor of several books including The Reorder of Things: The University and Its Pedagogies of Minority Difference (University of Minnesota Press, 2012).

Dr. Ferguson is a graduate of Howard University in Washington, D.C., where he majored in sociology. He earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in sociology at the University of California, San Diego.


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