A Trio of African American Faculty Members Taking on New Assignments

Laquita Blockson has been named faculty director of the master of arts in social innovation program at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia. She recently served as a research fellow with Rutgers Business School’s Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development in Newark, New Jersey.

Dr. Blockson holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and an MBA from Florida A&M University and a Ph.D. in management from the University of Pittsburgh.

Richard D. Johnson, a season jazz performer, composer, and arranger, has been appointed to the jazz studies faculty at the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. He currently serves as the piano instructor for the Ravinia Jazz Program in Chicago, Illinois.

Johnson is a graduate of the Berklee School of Music in Boston. He holds a master’s degree in jazz pedagogy from the Boston Conservatory.

Pearl K. Dowe has been named the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Political Science and African American Studies with a joint appointment in the Oxford College and the College of Arts and Sciences at Emory University in Atlanta. She currently serves as chair of the department of political science and as an affiliated faculty member in the African and African American Studies Program at the University of Arkansas. She is the co-author of Remaking the Democratic Party: Lyndon B. Johnson as Native-Son Presidential Candidate (University of Michigan Press, 2016).

Dr. Dowe is a graduate of Savannah State University in Georgia. She holds a master’s degree in political science from Georgia Southern University and a Ph.D. in political science from Howard University in Washington, D.C.


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