Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, has announced the appointment of eight new faculty members. Three of the new hires are Black scholars.
Khalil Johnson was hired as an assistant professor of African American studies. His research focuses on the relationship between African Americans, American Indians, and European Americans in the western United States. He is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Georgia and is currently completing his doctorate at Yale University.
Courtney J. Patterson is a new assistant professor of sociology. She was a teaching fellow in critical identity studies at Beloit College in Wisconsin. She is the author of Fat Chance, Slim Chance: Identity, Culture and a Politic of Fatness, which is currently under review. Patterson is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and is currently completing her doctoral degree at Northwestern University.
Royette Tavernier is a new assistant professor of psychology. A native of the island of Dominica, Dr. Tavernier is an expert in sleep research with a focus on adolescents and young adults. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Trent University and a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from Brock University, both in Ontario, Canada.