Two Black Scholars in New Teaching Roles

Tanjala PurnellTanjala S. Purnell was named an assistant professor in the department of surgery at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. She holds a joint appointment in the department of epidemiology.

Dr. Purnell is a summa cum laude graduate of Tougaloo College in Mississippi, where she majored in computer science. She holds a master of public health degree from Ohio State University and a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Ben O. LukongoBen O. Lukongo was appointed assistant professor of agricultural economics at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He was a lecturer in economics in the College of Business at Mississippi State University.

Dr. Lukongo is a graduate of the University of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He holds a master’s degree in developmental economics from Williams College and a Ph.D. in applied economics from Mississippi State University.

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