Four African American Scholars Who Are Taking on New Assignments

Lisa M. Anderson, an associate professor of women and gender studies and former deputy director in the School of Social Transformation, has been given the added duties of associate dean of academic affairs in the Graduate College at Arizona State University. Dr. Anderson has been teaching at the university since 2000. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on feminist theory, film, representation, and performance in women and gender studies.

Dr. Anderson earned a bachelor’s degree in politics from Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts. She holds a master’s degree in theater from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, and a doctorate in theater history and criticism from the University of Washington.

Eve Dunbar was named to the Jean Webster Chair at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York. She has taught at Vassar since 2004 and teaches courses on American literature, creative writing, and drama. Dr. Dunbar is the author of Black Regions of the Imagination: African American Writers Between the Nation and the World (Temple University Press, 2012).

Dr. Dunbar is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University. She earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin.

David Staten, a professor in the rehabilitation counseling program at South Carolina State University, was given the added duties as acting associate provost for academic affairs. He has been on the faculty at the university for 20 years.

Dr. Staten received a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a master’s degree in rehabilitation from South Carolina State University. He holds a Ph.D. in rehabilitation counselor education from the University of Iowa.

Monica Peek has been named the Ellen H. Block Professor for Health Justice in the department of medicine at the University of Chicago. Dr. Peek’s research pursues health equity and social justice, with a focus on promoting equitable doctor-patient relationships among racial minorities, integrating the medical and social needs of patients, and addressing healthcare discrimination and structural racism that impact health outcomes. Dr. Peek is a senior associate editor for the journal Health Services Research.

Dr. Peek is a graduate of Vanderbilt University in Nashville. She earned her medical degree and a master of public health degree from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

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