11 Graduate Center Scholars Who Are Changing Perspectives on African Americans and Drawing Attention to Critical Issues

Professors Carla Shedd, Herman Bennett, Ruth Wilson Gilmore and Dána-Ain Davis

Graduate Center scholars and alumni are correcting misrepresentations of African Americans in history and contemporary society, and focusing attention on critical cultural issues.

Want to learn more? Here are 11 ways to start:

1. Read Professor Carla Shedd (Sociology, Urban Education)’s award-winning Unequal City: Race, Schools, and Perceptions of Injustice, recently named to The ZORA Canon
Professor Ruth Wilson Gilmore
2. Learn about Professor Ruth Wilson Gilmore’s (Earth and Environmental Sciences) three decades of scholarship and trailblazing advocacy in the movement to abolish prisons
Professor Mande Holford
3. And about Professor Mandë Holford’s (GC/Hunter, Biochemistry, Biology, and Chemistry) interdisciplinary research, which landed her on The Root 100 list

4. And Professor and alumna  Dána-Ain Davis’s (GC/Queens, Anthropology/Urban Studies) recent work, which analyzes racism within the medical world

Professor Jill Bargonetti and a pink ribbon
5. As well as Professor Jill Bargonetti’s (GC/Hunter; Biology, Biochemistry/Biological Sciences) research on triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC), which disproportionately affects African American women
Herman Bennett and the cover of his book, "African Kings and Black Slaves"
6. Other disrupters include Professor Herman L. Bennett (History), who is challenging conventional ideas about the history of slavery
Leron P. Brooks
7. And Graduate Center alumnus LeRonn P. Brooks (Ph.D. ’09, Art History), the first full-time staff member to join the Getty Research Institute’s African American Art History initiative

Professor Tanisha Ford
8. Welcome new Professor Tanisha C. Ford (History), whose projects center on the experiences of black women, girls, and non-binary femmes

Tsedale Melaku and the cover of her book, "You Don't Look Like a Lawyer"
9.  Tsedale Melaku (Ph.D. ’16, Sociology) examines the challenges black female associates face as a result of institutional practices that marginalize them based on race and gender in her new book, You Don’t Look Like a Lawyer
Black Lives Matter protestors
10. Read a recent study of the Black Lives Matter movement by lead author and alumnus Jeremy Sawyer (Ph.D. '17, Psychology), now an assistant professsor at Kingsborough Community College

J. Phillip Thompson and Mayor Bill de Blasio
11. Learn how about J. Phillip Thompson (Ph.D. ’90, Political Science) has returned to his New York City roots as the new deputy mayor for strategic policy initiatives 
Bonus: More Books to Read

Submitted on: FEB 7, 2020

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