Five Black Scholars Who Have Been Assigned to New Positions or Duties

Antwan Jones has been promoted to the rank of full professor at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Dr. Jones teaches sociology, epidemiology, and Africana studies. He joined the sociology department at the university in 2010 and was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 2016.

Dr. Jones holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and African and African-American studies from Duke University. He earned master’s and doctoral degrees in sociology and demography from Bowling Green State University in Ohio.

Kiron Skinner will join the faculty at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, this fall as the Taube Professor of International Relations and Politics. She previously served as the Taube Professor for International Relations and Politics at Carnegie Mellon University’s Institute for Politics and Strategy and was a faculty member in the department of history. She is the co-editor of Reagan, In His Own Hand: The Writings of Ronald Reagan that Reveal His Revolutionary Vision for America (Free Press, 2001) and Reagan, A Life in Letters (Free Press, 2003).

Dr. Skinner is a graduate of Spelman College in Atlanta. She holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in political science and international relations from Harvard University.

Marty Baylor was promoted to associate professor of physics and astronomy at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. She joined the faculty in 2010 and has been serving as department chair.

Dr. Baylor earned her bachelor’s degree in physics in 1998 from Kenyon College. She then taught in public schools and worked as an electrical and optical engineer at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, designing telescopes. She then earned a Ph.D. in physics at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Bunmi Olatunji, the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor and director of clinical training in the department of psychology at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, was given the added duties of associate provost for doctoral programs. Dr. Olatunji’s primary research interest lies in cognitive-behavioral theory, assessment, and therapy for anxiety disorders. He joined the faculty at Vanderbilt in 2006.

Dr. Olatunji is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, where he majored in psychology. He earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the Univerity of Arkansas.

James W. Mickens, the Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science at the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University, was named a Harvard College Professor. The five-year professorships provide support for professional development, in the form of research or scholarly activities and a semester of paid leave or a summer salary. Dr. Mickens’ research focuses on the design, implementation, and optimization of complex pieces of software, and system hacking, defense, and data protection.

Professor Mickens is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology. He holds a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Michigan.

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