Two Black Scholars Appointed to Faculty Positions

Esther Jones has been appointed the inaugural associate dean for faculty development in the Office of the Dean of the Faculty at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. She will also serve as associate professor of Africana studies. Prior to joining the faculty at Brown University, Dr. Jones served as associate professor, E. Franklin Frazier Chair of African American Literature, Theory, and Culture, and associate provost for faculty affairs at Clark University in Massachusetts.

Dr. Jones graduated from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she double majored in English and music. She received a master’s degree in African and African American studies and a Ph.D. in English language and literature from Ohio State University.

Dagmawi Woubshet has been named the Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Endowed Term Associate Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania. He has been a faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania since 2017 and previously taught at Cornell University in New York. He is the author of The Calendar of Loss: Race, Sexuality, and Mourning in the Early Era of AIDS (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015).

Dr. Woubshet graduated from Duke University where he double majored in political science and history. He received his Ph.D. in the history of American civilization from Harvard University.

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