Five Black Scholars Who Are Taking on New Faculty Duties


Chielozona Eze is joining the faculty at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, this fall as a professor of Africana studies. He has been serving as a tenured distinguished research professor at Northeastern Illinois University. He joined the faculty there in 2005.

Dr. Eze graduated from St. Joseph’s Seminary in Nigeria in 1984 with a bachelor’s degree  in philosophy. He went on to earn a master of divinity degree in Catholic theology from the University of Innsbruck in Austria and a master’s degree in comparative literature from the University of Bayreuth in Germany. He holds a master of fine arts degree in fiction writing and a Ph.D. in English and philosophy from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Ihudiya Finda Williams has been appointed as an assistant professor of computer science at Virginia Tech. Her research focuses on digital technology usage among populations with limited resources due to systemic injustices, and she investigates tech-enabled solutions to either expose injustices or identify future alternatives.

Dr. Williams received her bachelor’s degree in information technology from the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York. She holds a master’s degree in education from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in information science from the University of Michigan.

Sarah Vinson was appointed chair of the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta. She has been on the faculty at the medical school for 10 years.

Dr. Vinson received a bachelor’s degree from Florida A&M University. She earned her medical degree from the University of Florida College of Medicine.

Melynda Price will join the University of Michigan this fall as a professor of women’s and gender studies. She will also be the executive director of the university’s Institute for Research on Women and Gender. Dr. Price has been serving as the John and Joan R. Gaines Professor of Humanities, director of the Gaines Center for Humanities and the J. David Rosenberg Professor of Law at the University of Kentucky. She also served as director of the African American and Africana Studies Program. Professor Price is the author of At the Cross: Race, Religion and Citizenship in the Politics of the Death Penalty (Oxford University Press, 2015).

Dr. Price is a graduate of Prairie View A&M University in Texas, where she majored in physics. She holds a juris doctorate from the University of Texas and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Michigan.

Vaughn A. Booker was named the George E. Doty, Jr. and Lee Spelman Doty Presidential Associate Professor of Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He was an associate professor of African & African American studies and religion at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. Dr. Booker is the author of Lift Every Voice and Swing: Black Musicians and Religious Culture in the Jazz Century (New York University Press, 2020).

Dr. Booker received a bachelor’s degree in religion from Dartmouth College. He holds a master of divinity degree from Harvard University, and a master’s degree and a Ph.D in religion from Princeton University in New Jersey.

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