A Quartet of Black Scholars in New Faculty Positions

Ruth L. Okediji, the Jeremiah Smith Jr. Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, and leading intellectual property law scholar, has been named the Oppenheimer Faculty Director of the Center for African Studies at the university. Her most recent book is Copyright Law in an Age of Limitations and Exceptions (Cambridge University Press, 2017).

Professor Okediji is a graduate of the University of Jos in Nigeria and holds a master’s degree and a juris doctorate from Harvard Law School.

Milton S.F. Curry has joined the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning at Cornell University as a professor of architecture and senior associate dean for strategic initiatives and engagement. He was dean of the School of Architecture at the University of Southern California from 2017 to 2022. Earlier, he taught at Cornell University from 1995 to 2010.

Professor Curry received a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Cornell University and a master of architecture professional degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

Felicia McGhee is joining the faculty and serving as associate dean of curriculum and student success at the School of Journalism & Graphic Communication at Florida A&M University. Most recently, she headed the communications department at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where she taught journalism courses for more than 23 years.

Dr. McGhee is a native of Pontiac, Michigan, and holds a bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of Michigan. She earned a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and a doctoral degree in communication and information sciences from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

Summer Perry is a new assistant professor in the department of teacher education, leadership & counseling at Columbus State University in Georgia. Her teaching will focus on school counseling, counseling skills, and counseling theory.

Perry earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology at Tuskegee University in Alabama. She holds two master’s degrees in school counseling from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, and will soon complete a doctorate in counselor education and supervision at the University of Georgia.

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