Three Black Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to New Positions

Adrienne Brown, an associate professor of English and race, diaspora, and indigeneity at the University of Chicago, has been appointed director of the University of Chicago’s Arts + Public Life initiative. Founded in 2011, the Arts + Public Life initiative is a dynamic hub of exploration, expression, and exchange on the South Side of Chicago that centers people of color and fosters neighborhood vibrancy through the arts. Dr. Brown is the author of The Black Skyscraper: Architecture and the Perception of Race (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019).

Dr. Brown joined the faculty at the University of Chicago in 2011 after earning a Ph.D. at Princeton University in New Jersey.

Bobby Donaldson is the inaugural holder of the James E. and Emily E. Clyburn Endowed Chair of Public Service and Civic Engagement at the University of South Carolina. The chair was established with a $1.5 gift from Boeing Inc.

A native of Augusta, Georgia, Professor Donaldson received his undergraduate degree in history and African-American studies from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. He holds a Ph.D. in American history from Emory University in Atlanta.

Lisa T. Alexander was named the Robert F. Drinan, S.J., Professor at the Boston College School of Law. She was on the faculty at the Texas A&M University School of Law. Earlier, she taught at the University of Wisconsin Law School from 2006 to 2017. Professor Alexander has conducted extensive research in legal and extra-legal rights to property, housing, and urban space.

Professor Alexander received a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. She earned a juris doctorate from Columbia University School of Law.


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