Six Black Faculty Members in New Posts at Brown University in Rhode Island

Six Black scholars have been appointed to faculty positions at Brown University, the Ivy League research institution in Providence, Rhode Island.

Aliyyah Abdur-Rahman has been named an associate professor of American studies and English. She was an associate professor at Brandeis University.

Dr. Abdur-Rahman holds a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and a master’s degree and Ph.D. from New York University.

Lisa Biggs has been named an assistant professor of Africana studies. She was previously an assistant professor at Michigan State University.

Dr. Biggs holds a bachelor’s degree in theatre and dance from Amherst College in Massachusetts, a master’s degree in playwriting and performance studies from New York University, and a Ph.D. in performance studies from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

Kevin Quashie has been named a professor of English. He was a professor at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Dr. Quashie holds a bachelor’s degree from Florida International University, a master’s degree from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, and a master’s degree and Ph.D. from Arizona State University.

RaMell Ross has been named an assistant professor of visual art. He is currently an artist, filmmaker, and writer based in Rhode Island.

Professor Ross holds a bachelor’s degree in English and sociology from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and a masters of fine arts degree from the Rhode Island School of Design.

Brandon Ogbunugafor has been named an assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology. He had been serving on the faculty at the University of Vermont.

Dr. Ogbunugafor holds a bachelor’s degree from Howard University in Washington, D.C., and a master’s degree and Ph.D. from Yale University.

Patience Moyo has been named an assistant professor of health services, policy, and practice. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Moyo holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Mouth Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts, and a Ph.D. in pharmaceutical health services research from the University of Maryland Baltimore.

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