New Faculty Appointments for Five African American Scholars

Alondra Nelson has been named a professor and the Harold F. Linder Chair in the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. She currently serves as a professor of sociology at Columbia University. She is the author of the award-winning book Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight Against Medical Discrimination (University of Minnesota Press, 2011) and a co-editor of Genetics and the Unsettled Past: The Collision of DNA, Race, and History (Rutgers University Press, 2012) and Technicolor: Race, Technology, and Everyday Life (New York University Press, 2001). Her most recent book is The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation After the Genome (Beacon Press, 2016).

Dr. Nelson is a manga cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of California, San Diego. She holds a Ph.D. in American studies from New York University.

Keith A. Alford, an associate professor and chair of Syracuse University’s School of Social Work in New York, has been given the added duties as chief diversity and inclusion officer at the university.

Dr. Alford is a graduate of Coker College in Hartsville, South Carolina, where he double majored in history and sociology. He holds a master of social work degree and a Ph.D. in social work both from Ohio State University.

Kendall M. Campbell has been named senior associate dean for academic affairs for the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. He is a tenured associate professor in the department of family medicine and has served as interim senior associate dean since fall 2018.

Dr. Campbell holds a medical degree from the University of Florida.

Duane Lee Holland Jr. has been appointed to the dance department faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He will be the first hip-hop scholar at the university. He was an associate professor of dance and a hip-hop instructor at the Boston Conservatory at the Berklee School of Music.

Professor Holland holds a master of fine arts degree in dance from the University of Iowa.

Curtis Davis Jr. has been named to the social work faculty at the University of Southern Mississippi. He was a fellow of the Mellon Graduate Program in Community-Engaged Scholarship in the City, Culture, and Community Program at Tulane University in New Orleans.

Dr. Davis holds three degrees in social work: a bachelor’s degree from the University of Mississippi, a master’s degree from the University of Alabama, and a Ph.D. from Tulane University.

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