A Trio of Black Faculty Members Taking on New Roles

Makhroufi Ousmane Traoré received tenure and was promoted to associate professor of history and Africana studies at Pomona College in Claremont, California. His research focuses on the history of imperialism and colonialism in Africa. His recent research goal is to refocus the Western lens of Africa from slave ships traveling to America to a more objective and Afrocentric approach to Africa’s ancient past.

Dr. Traoré earned a Ph.D. in history and international relations from the Sorbonne in Paris.

Neil Roberts, professor of Africana studies and an affiliate of political science and religion, is the new associate dean of the faculty at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Dr. Roberts joined the Williams’ faculty in 2008. He has served for the past two years as a visiting professor of political science at the University of Toronto. He is the editor of A Political Companion to Frederick Douglass (2018).

Dr. Roberts is a graduate of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. He earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Chicago.

Saida Grundy was promoted to associate professor of sociology and African American studies and granted tenure at Boston University. She specializes in the sociologies of race and gender, focusing on formations and ideologies of gender and racialization within the Black middle class — specifically men. Her work examines masculinity and social justice capitalism, racialized rape culture, and bridging hegemonic masculinity theories to improve public understanding of campus sexual assault. She is the author of Respectable: Politics and Paradox in Making the Morehouse Man (University of California Press, 2022).

Dr. Grundy is a graduate of Spelman College in Atlanta. She holds a master’s degree and Ph.D. in sociology & women’s studies from the University of Michigan.

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