Five Black Scholars Taking on New Faculty Roles at Colleges and Universities

Nikki Young has been promoted to associate professor of women’s and gender studies at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. She conducts research about ethical issues of race, gender, and sexuality and how Black queer communities possess, embody, and enact moral excellence.

Dr. Young holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Asheville, a master’s degree in theology, a master of divinity degree, and a Ph.D. in Christian ethics from Emory University in Atlanta.

Patrick T. Smith has been named an associate research professor of theological ethics and bioethics, a senior fellow in the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University, and an associate faculty member in the Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities, and the History of Medicine at the Duke School of Medicine. He was an associate professor of philosophical theology and ethics at the Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a lecturer at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Smith holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Auburn University in Alabama, a master of divinity degree from Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois, and a master’s degree and Ph.D. both in philosophy from Wayne State University in Detroit.

Bayo Holsey has been named acting associate professor of anthropology at Emory University in Atlanta. She was an associate professor of history at Rutgers University in New Jersey.

Dr. Holsey holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Emory University and a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from Columbia University.

Maurice Emmanuel Parent has been named the Rev. J. Donald Monan, S.J., Professor in Theatre Arts at Boston College for the 2018-2019 academic year. He currently serves as an adjunct professor of acting at Tufts University in Massachusetts, and of music theatre technique at Boston University.

Parent holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and a master’s degree in vocal performance and musical theatre from New York University.

Tera Hunter has been named the Edwards Professor of American History at Princeton University. She has been a Princeton faculty member since 2007, with previous teaching positions at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Carnegie Mellon University.

Dr. Hunter earned her bachelor’s degree in history from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and a master of philosophy and Ph.D. from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.

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