A Quartet of African Americans Scholars in New Faculty Positions or Roles

Lucy Mule was promoted to full professor of education and child study at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. She has served as the inaugural faculty director of what is now the Jandon Center for Community Engagement at the college. Professor Mule teaches courses in the sociological and cultural foundations of education.

Dr. Mule holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya, and a Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University.

La Marr Jurelle Bruce was promoted to associate professor of American studies and granted tenure at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he also holds affiliations with the department of African American studies and the department of women, gender, and sexuality studies.

Dr. Bruce, a native of the Bronx, New York, is a graduate of Columbia University in New York City, where he majored in English and comparative literature. He holds a Ph.D. in African American and American studies from Yale University. His first book, How to Go Mad Without Losing Your Mind: Madness and Black Radical Creativity, is forthcoming from Duke University Press.

Rediet Abebe is a new assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research is in artificial intelligence and algorithms, with a focus on equity and justice concerns.

Dr. Abebe holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics from Harvard University. She earned a second master’s degree in mathematics at the University of Cambridge in England and a Ph.D. in computer science from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

Darius Scott is a new assistant professor of geography at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. His research focuses on the stories people tell about the places they live, move through, and seek to dismantle.

Dr. Scott is a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


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