Two African American Women Scholars Honored With Prestigious Awards

zollarJawole Willa Jo Zollar, a professor of dance at Florida State University in Tallahassee, received the 2015 Dance Magazine Award at ceremonies in New York City. Professor Zollar is the founder and director of the dance ensemble, Urban Bush Women.

Professor Zollar is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City and holds a master of fine arts degree from Florida State University.

Keisha_Blain_PhotoKeisha Blain, an assistant professor of history at the University of Iowa, has been selected to receive the William Appleton Williams Junior Faculty Research Grant Award from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. As a result of the award, Dr. Blain will receive funds to complete work on her book Contesting the Global Color Line: Black Women, Nationalist Politics, and Internationalism.

Dr. Blain is a magna cum laude graduate of Binghamton University of the State University of New York System, where she majored in history and Africana studies. She holds a Ph.D. in history from Princeton University in New Jersey.

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