Six Black Scholars Who Are Taking on New Duties in Higher Education

Imani Perry was named the Henry A. Morss Jr. and Elisabeth W. Morss Professor of Studies of Women, Gender and Sexuality and of African and African American Studies at Harvard University. She was the Hughes-Rogers Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University. Professor Perry won the National Book Award in the nonfiction category in 2022 for her book South to America: A Journey Below the Mason-Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation (Ecco Press, 2022).

Professor Perry is a graduate of Yale University, where she majored in literature and American studies. She earned a Ph.D. in American studies from Harvard University, a juris doctorate from Harvard Law School, and a master’s degree in law from Georgetown University.

Tyrone McKinley Freeman has been appointed to the Glenn Family Chair in Philanthropy at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. His research focuses on the history of African American philanthropy, philanthropy in communities of color, the history of American philanthropy, and philanthropy and fundraising in higher education. His latest book is entitled, Madam C.J. Walker’s Gospel of Giving: Black Women’s Philanthropy During Jim Crow (University of Illinois Press, 2020).

Dr. Freeman earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Lincoln University of Pennsylvania. He holds a master’s degree in adult education from Indiana University, a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, and a Ph.D. in philanthropic studies from Indiana University.

Alisha Butler is a new assistant professor in the College of Education Studies at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. She joined the College of Education Studies as the Provost’s Equity Fellow. Her research focuses on the relationship between school and neighborhood development, the significance of place and space for understanding educational equity, and how school-family-community partnerships can strengthen schools.

Dr. Butler holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Yale University. She earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in education leadership and policy studies from the University of Maryland College Park.

Gordon Ibeanu has been named interim director of North Carolina Central University’s Biomanufacturing Research Institute and Technology Enterprise (BRITE). Dr. Ibeanu joined the university in 2006 as a tenured faculty member in the department of pharmaceutical sciences. Earlier in his career, he worked as a U.S. Department of Energy Alexander Hollander Distinguished Fellow in the Biology Division of Oak Ridge National Laboratories in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

Dr. Ibeanu holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Alabama, a master’s degree from Virginia State University, and a Ph.D. from Atlanta University.

Linda Lausell Bryant has been promoted to clinical professor in the Silver School of Social Work at New York University. She is associate dean for academic affairs for the School of Social Work.

Dr. Bryant is a graduate of Pace University in New York. She earned a master of social work degree at Hunter College of the City University of New York and a Ph.D. in clinical social work from New York University.

Andrea Dawn Frazier, a professor of teacher education at Columbus State University in Georgia, has been appointed the associate dean of undergraduate research at the university. Before her appointment to the Columbus State faculty in August 2010, she taught at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.

Dr. Frazier holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology with minors in African American studies and women’s studies from the University of Houston. She earned a master’s degree in human services administration from the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, and a doctorate in educational psychology from Ball State University.

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