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Four Black Scholars Who Are Taking on New Assignments

Richard Price has joined the faculty at Virginia Union University as a professor and dean of the chapel. He will also serve as director of faith-based giving at the university. He taught at the Brooklyn and Harlem campuses of the College of New Rochelle in New York.

Dr. Price is a graduate of Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina, where he majored in history. He earned a master’s degree in American history from St. John’s University in New York and a master’s degree in religious leadership and administration, and a doctor of ministry degree from the New York Theological Seminary.

Pernella Rowena Deams was appointed professor of psychology and senior vice president for student life and success at Talladega College in Alabama. She was vice president for student engagement and campus life at Kentucky State University. From 2015 to 2019, Dr. Deams was chair of the psychology department at Talladega College.

Dr. Deams is a graduate of Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she majored in both psychology and sociology. She went on to earn a master’s degree in counseling psychology at the University of Southern Mississippi and a Ph.D. in counseling psychology at Tennessee State University.

Cynthia E. Rogers has been named the new Blanche F. Ittleson Professor of Psychiatry and director of the William Greenleaf Eliot Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Her research has focused on studies of the social determinants of health on brain development in infants.

Dr. Rogers earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1998 from Harvard College. She worked as a research assistant in a post-traumatic stress disorder program in San Francisco before enrolling at Washington University School of Medicine, where she earned her medical degree in 2005.

Omolade Adunbi, a political and environmental anthropologist, is the new director of the African Studies Center at the University of Michigan. He had been serving as associate chair for African studies in the department of Afro American and African studies

A native of Nigeria, Dr. Adunbi earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in anthropology and a master’s degree in African studies with concentration in politics and political economy, all from Yale University.


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