A Quartet of African American Scholars Taking on New Higher Education Assignments

Alex Manning is a new assistant professor of sociology at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. He had taught at Jacksonville University in Florida. His research explores the collisions among racism, inequality, families, youth, sport, and culture.

Dr. Manning is a graduate of Howard University in Washington, D.C. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.

Renée Crichlow was appointed the inaugural Mac Baird Endowed Chair in Family Medicine Advocacy and Policy at the University of Minnesota Medical School. She joined the faculty at the university in 2009 and has served as president of the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians.

Dr. Crichlow earned her medical degree at the University of California, Davis.

Breea Willingham, an associate professor of criminal justice at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh, was named managing editor of the new Journal of Higher Education in Prison. She joined the faculty in 2014 after teaching at St. Bonaventure University in Allegany, New York, and the State University of New York at Oneonta.

Dr. Willingham is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, where she majored in communication. She holds a master’s degree in business management from Webster University in Missouri and a Ph.D. in American studies from the University at Buffalo of the State University of New York System.

Nathan Stevens is a new assistant professor in the School of Social Work at Illinois State University. He is the former director of the Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Stevens holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from Columbia College in Missouri and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

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