New Assignments for Five Black Faculty Members at Universities

Brian Burt, an associate professor of higher education, was named director of the Wisconsin Equity and Inclusion Laboratory at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has been the assistant director for the past year. Dr. Burt came to university in 2019 from Iowa State University as an assistant professor in the department of educational leadership and policy analysis.

Dr. Burt is a graduate of Indiana University, where he majored in secondary music education. He earned a master’s degree in higher education administration from the University of Maryland College Park and a Ph.D. in academic affairs and student development from the University of Michigan.

Kimberley McKinson is a new assistant professor of anthropology at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. She is a cultural anthropologist teaching undergraduate and graduate courses on the cultures and politics of the Caribbean, race and ethnicity, urban ethnography, and infrastructure. She was an assistant professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York.

A native of Kingston, Jamaica, Dr. McKinson received a bachelor’s degree in cultural and social anthropology with a minor in Spanish from Stanford University and a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of California, Irvine.

Amber Wiley, an award-winning architectural and urban historian whose teaching and research center on the social aspects of design and how it affects urban communities, will join the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design as the inaugural Matt and Erika Nord Director of the Center for the Preservation of Civil Rights Sites, effective in 2023. She will teach principally in the graduate program in historic preservation. Dr. Wiley is currently a member of the art history faculty at Rutgers University in New Jersey.

Dr. Wiley holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Yale University. She received a master’s degree in architectural history from the University of Virginia and a Ph.D. in American studies from George Washington University.

Eljenette West is a new assistant professor in the bachelor’s degree program in nursing at the Mississippi University for Women. She was

Dr. West earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Charleston Southern University in South Carolina. She holds a master’s degree in nursing and a doctorate in nursing practice degree from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama.

Chelsea Mikael Frazier is a new assistant professor of English literature at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Her research interests include Black feminist literature and theory, visual culture, ecocriticism, African art and literature, political theory, science and technology studies, and Afrofuturism.

Dr. Frazier is a graduate of Barnard College in New York City, where she majored in gender and sexuality studies. She holds a master’s degree in American studies from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, and a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in African American studies from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.


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