Five Black Scholars Taking on New University Faculty Assignments

Garrett L. Washington has been promoted to associate professor of history and granted tenure at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His research and teaching focus on Japanese history.

Dr. Washington holds a bachelor’s degree from Rice University in Houston. He earned a diplome des etudes approfondies from the Universite de Paris VIII Saint Denis/Vincennes, and a Ph.D from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Marjuyua Lartey was appointed interim director of the Institute for Child Nutrition, Applied Research Division at the University of Southern Mississippi. She has been serving as assistant director. Dr. Lartneu earlier served as an assistant professor and project leader for the Delta Obesity Prevention Research Unit at Alcorn State University in Mississippi and as a faculty instructor for the University of Alabama.

Dr. Lartney earned a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and hospitality management from Alabama A&M University. She holds a master’s degree in human nutrition and a doctorate in nutrition and food systems from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Darius Young, an associate professor of history at Florida A&M University, has been given the added duties as interim director of the Meek-Eaton Black Archives at the university. The collections consist of more than 500,000 individual archival records and more than 5,000 individual museum artifacts. Dr. Young joined the faculty at the university in 2011 and was promoted to associate professor in 2017.

Dr. Young holds a bachelor’s degree in African American studies from Florida A&M University and a Ph.D. in American history from the University of Memphis.

LaTasha Barnes is joining the dance faculty at Arizona State University. This fall, she will be teaching Hip-Hop, Dance in U.S. Popular Culture, and a freshman dance seminar, Dance Matters.

Barnes completed her self-designed master’s degree in ethno-choreology, Black studies, and performance studies at New York University in 2019.

Gregory K. Freeland was appointed to the endowed Uyeno-Tseng Professorship in Global Studies at California Lutheran University. He has served as director of the university’s global studies program from 2012 to 2018 and as an associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 2018 to 2020.

Dr. Freeland holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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