Five Black Scholars Who Have Been Given New Assignments

Carol Y. Bailey was appointed a professor of Black studies at Amherst College in Massachusetts. She was a professor of English at Westfield State University in Massachusetts. Her latest book is Writing the Black Diasporic City in the Age of Globalization (Rutgers University Press, 2022).

Professor Bailey is a graduate of the University of the West Indies, where she majored in English literature. She holds a master’s degree from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, and a Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Ebonya L. Washington, the Laurans A. and Arlene Mendelson Professor of Economics and professor of international and public affairs at Columbia University, was elected vice president of the American Economic Association. Before coming to Columbia in 2022, she was a professor of economics at Yale University.

Dr. Washington is a graduate of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, where she majored in public policy. She holds a Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Philip V. McHarris is an assistant professor of Black studies at the University of Rochester in New York. His research focuses on racial inequality, housing, and policing. He joined the university after having served as a presidential postdoctoral fellow at Princeton University’s Department of African American Studies.

Dr. McHarris is a graduate of Boston College, where he majored in sociology. He earned a Ph.D. in sociology and African American studies from Yale University.

Fayron Epps has been named the inaugural Karen and Ronald Hermann Endowed Chair in Caregiver Research at the School of Nursing at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio. She was an associate professor at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing in Atlanta, where she has been on faculty since August 2019.

Dr. Epps earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Tuskegee University in Alabama. She holds a master’s degree in nursing specializing in health care systems management from Loyola University New Orleans and a doctoral degree in nursing from Southern University and A&M College in Louisiana.

Mya Roberson is a new assistant professor of health policy and management in the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Roberson’s research includes work on population-level trends in cancer treatment, survivorship care for people living with metastatic breast cancer, and improving access to genetic and genomic services delivery for marginalized populations.

Dr. Roberson holds a bachelor’s degree in public health from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. She earned a master’s degree in public health and a doctorate in epidemiology, both from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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