Four Black Scholars Taking on New Assignments at Colleges and Universities

Kenneth Ataga was appointed director of the Center for Sickle Cell Disease in the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. He will begin his new duties on July 1. He currently serves as a professor at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine.

Dr. Ataga is a graduate of the University of Benin School of Medicine in Africa. He completed his residency in internal medicine at the State University of New York’s Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse.

Keith Reeves was promoted to full professor of political science at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania. Prior to his appointment at Swarthmore in 1999, he was an associate professor of public policy in the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is the author of Voting Hopes or Fears?: White Voters, Black Candidates and Racial Politics in America (Oxford University Press, 1997).

Dr. Reeves is a 1988 graduate of Swarthmore College. He earned a Ph.D. at the University of Michigan.

Nadia Ward, an associate professor of psychiatry at Yale University, was named deputy director of the Yale Doctoral Internship Training Program in Clinical and Community Psychology at the university. The program, founded in 1970, hosts 15 fellows annually for one year.

Dr. Ward is a graduate of Allegheny College in Pennsylvania. She holds a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling and a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Pittsburgh.

Tyrone Howard, a professor of education and associate dean of equity and inclusion in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, was named director of the new Pritzker Center for Strengthening Children and Families.

Professor Howard joined the faculty at UCLA in 2001 and was promoted to full professor a decade later. He is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine, where he majored in economics. Dr. Howard holds a master’s degree in education from California State University, Dominguez Hills and a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from the University of Washington.

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