Five Black Faculty Members Who Are Taking on New Assignments

Cedric Merlin Powell, the Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs Professor of Law at the University of Louisville, will be the inaugural Earl C. and Anna H. Broady Visiting Endowed Chair at Howard University School of Law for 2022-23. He will teach professional responsibility in the fall and critical race theory in the spring. He is the author of the forthcoming Post-Racial Constitutionalism and the Roberts Court Rhetorical Neutrality and the Perpetuation of Inequality (Cambridge University Press, 2022).

Professor Powell is a graduate of Oberlin College in Ohio. He earned a juris doctorate at New York University, where he was the managing editor of The New York University Review of Law and Social Change.

Carolyn Ratteray was promoted to associate professor of theatre and dance at Pomona College in Claremont, California.  She is also the chair of the theatre department. An Emmy-nominated actor and director, Ratteray has appeared on stage, in film, and on television.

Ratteray is a graduate of New York University. She earned a master of fine arts degree at the University of San Diego.

Jason Hall is the new chair of the department of surgery at the Tufts School of Medicine in Boston. He also serves as surgeon-in-chief at Tufts Medical Center and holds the Benjamin Andrews Chair of Surgery. Dr. Hall was an associate professor of surgery at Boston University School of Medicine.

Dr. Hall earned a bachelor’s degree from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. He earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and holds a master’s of public health degree from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Pearl Dowe, the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Political Science and African American Studies at Emory University in Atlanta, has been given the added duties of vice provost for faculty affairs at the university. She was a faculty member and department chair at the University of Arkansas before joining Emory in 2019.

Professor Dowe is a graduate of Savannah State University in Georgia. She holds a master’s degree in political science from Georgia Southern University and a Ph.D. in political science from Howard University in Washington D.C.

Jay Pearson was named the McLain Foundation Associate Professor of Public Policy at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. Dr. Pearson’s research and teaching address how policy-sponsored, structurally rooted social inequality influences health inequities. He joined the Duke faculty in 2012.

A native of Hertford County, North Carolina, Dr. Pearson is a graduate of North Carolina Central University. He earned a master of public health degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.


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