JoAnna Williamson was named chair of the department of management and marketing at Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio. She joined the university’s faculty in 2011. She has taught at Ohio University, Columbus State University, and the University of Phoenix and has served as a an executive for Proctor & Gamble and National City Bank in Columbus, Ohio.
Professor Williamson holds a bachelor’s degree and an MBA from Ohio State University. She is a graduate of the Capital University Law School and holds a Ph.D. in strategic communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alondra Nelson, a professor of sociology at Columbia University in New York City, was named director of the university’s Institute for Research on Women and Gender.
She is the author of the award-winning book Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight Against Medical Discrimination (University of Minnesota Press, 2011) and a co-editor of Genetics and the Unsettled Past: The Collision of DNA, Race, and History (Rutgers University Press, 2012) and Technicolor: Race, Technology, and Everyday Life (New York University Press, 2001).
Professor Nelson is a graduate of the University of California at San Diego, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She holds a doctoral degree in American studies from New York University.