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Who We Are


William J. (Bill) Dewey, Ph.D.

  • Interim Co-Director

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Cynthia Young, Ph.D.

  • Interim Co-Director

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Dawn M. Lavera

  • Directors' Assistant

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Nan Woodruff, Ph.D.

  • Interim Fellows' Mentor

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Advisory Board

Alicia Decker, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor of Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies and African Studies

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Rosemary Jolly, Ph.D.

  • Weiss Chair in the Humanities in Literature and Human Rights, Professor of Comparative Literature, English, Bioethics, and African Studies

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AnneMarie Mingo, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor of African American Studies and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Shirley Moody-Turner, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor of English and African American Studies

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Amit Sharma, Ph.D.

  • Professor of Hospitality Management, Associate Professor of Hospitality Finance at School of Hospitality Management, Director of Food Decisions Research Laboratory, Editor of ICHRIE Penn State Research Reports, Director of Research at I-CHRIE

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Darryl Thomas, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor of African American Studies

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Cynthia Young, Ph.D.

  • Interim Co-Director

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Ex-Officio Member

D. Scott Bennett, Ph.D.

  • Distinguished Professor of Political Science

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