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Washington University in St. Louis Makes the First Selections in Its Cluster Hire on Race

Washington University in St. Louis is welcoming the first round of faculty members identified through its race and ethnicity cluster hire initiative, a multi-year effort to build a world-class and interdisciplinary research program on race. Four new faculty members have been hired. Ultimately, 13 faculty members will be hired by fall 2022.

G’Ra Asim joins the creative work faculty at Washington University. He had served as assistant professor of nonfiction writing at Ithaca College in New York. Asim is the author of Boyz n the Void: A Mixtape to My Brother (Beacon Press, 2021). Asim is a graduate of Emerson College, where he majored in writing, literature, and publishing.

Eric Corbett, who will join the Brown School of social work and the McKelvey School of Engineering in the fall of 2022. Corbett studies racial biases in artificial intelligence and designs and tests novel data-driven policies that promote racial equity. Dr. Corbett is currently completing his postdoctoral research at New York University’s Center for Urban Science and Progress. He is a graduate of Savannah State University in Georgia. He holds a master’s dgree in human-centered computing from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and a Ph.D. in digital media from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Zakiya T. Luna, who joins the department of sociology in Arts & Sciences as a tenured associate professor. Dr. Luna served as associate professor of sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is the author of Reproductive Rights as Human Rights: Women of Color and the Fight for Reproductive Justice (New York University, 2020). Dr. Luna is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, where she majored in women’s studies. She holds a master’s degree in sociology, master of social work degree, and a Ph.D. in sociology and women’s studies from the University of Michigan.

Daniel Scott Harawa, has been appointed to a tenure-track faculty position at the School of Law. Harawa joined the university in 2019 as assistant professor of practice and serves as director of the Appellate Clinic. Harawa is a graduate of the University of Richmond in Virginia. He earned a juris doctorate from Georgetown University.


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