Two Black Scholars Appointed to Endowed Professorships at Simmons University

The School of Social Work at Simmons University in Boston, Massachusetts, has appointed two Black scholars to endowed professorships.

Johnnie Hamilton-Mason was appointed the E.W. White Professor in the School of Social Work at Simmons University in Boston. Her current research focuses on African immigrants involved in human service work. From 2004-2007, Dr. Hamilton-Mason served as director of the doctoral program at the School of Social Work. Dr. Hamilton-Mason, who holds a master of social work degree and a Ph.D., is the co-author of Systemic Racism in the United States: Scaffolding as Social Construction (Springer, 2018).

Hugo Kamya was appointed to another term as the Social Work Alumni Fund Endowed Chair in the School of Social Work. Dr. Kamya’s work has focused on immigrant and international efforts to assess mental health and social service needs of people. He is a graduate of the St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary in Nairobi, Kenya, where he majored in philosophy and religious studies. Dr. Kamya, a native of Uganda, earned a master of social work degree from Boston College, a master of divinity degree from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in psychology from Boston University.


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