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Alumni Updates


Molly Benitez, Assistant Professor, Portland State University (2021)  

Tatiana Benjamin, Assistant Professor, Justice Studies, James Madison University (2021); Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean, City University of New York (2020); Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of American Studies, Miami University of Ohio (2018)

Robert Jiles, Assistant Professor in the Department of Multicultural and Gender Studies, California State University, Chico. (2021)

Tiffany Lethabo King, Associate Professor in the Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality at the University of Virginia (UVA) (2021)

Ashley Minner, Curator, National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, D.C. (2021); Professor of the Practice and Folklorist, Department of American Studies, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (2020)


Bimbola Akinbola, Assistant Professor, Performance Studies, Northwestern University (2020); Postdoctoral Fellow, Black Arts Initiative, Northwestern University (2018-2020)

Robert Choflet, Lecturer, Department of African American Studies, University of Maryland, College Park (2020)

Izetta Autumn Mobley, 2020 ACLS Emerging Voices Fellowship in Health and Humanities, University of Texas at Austin (2020)


Bailey Kier, Coordinator of Administrative Services, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, University of Maryland, College Park (2019)

Mary Savig, Lloyd Herman Curator of Craft, Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum (2019)

Shane Walsh, Lecturer, Department of African American Studies, University of Maryland, College Park (2019)

Kevin Winstead, Colored Conventions Project Postdoctoral Fellow in Data Curation, Pennsylvania State University (2019)


Tanesha Leathers Braxton, Academic Advisor, College of Arts and Humanities, University of Maryland (2011)

Aaron Bryant, Museum Curator of Photography, Visual Culture, Social Justice and Contemporary History at Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (2018)

Michael Casiano, Assistant Professor of American Studies, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (2019); Postdoctoral Fellow, Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis, Rutgers University-New Brunswick (2018)

Tony Perry, Assistant Professor, Carter G. Woodson Institute for African American and African Studies, University of Virginia (2018)

Kalima Young, Assistant Professor of Electronic Media and Film, Towson University (2019)



Jason Ezell, Assistant Professor and Instruction and Research Coordinator, Monroe Library, Loyola University, New Orleans (2016)

Terrance Wooten, Assistant Professor, Black Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara (2019); Postdoctoral Fellow, Black Studies, UC Santa Barbara (2018); Mark Steinberg Weil Early Career Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for the Humanities, Washington University in St. Louis (2017)


Aaron Allen, Assistant Professor, American Studies, Roger Williams University (2017)

Daniel Greene, Assistant Professor, College of Information Studies, University of Maryland, College Park (2018); Postdoctoral Fellow, Microsoft Research (2016)

Cassandra Griff, Assistant Professor and Director, Ethnic Studies, Winona State University (2017)

Portia D. Hopkins, Social and Behavioral Sciences Division Chair and Honors American Studies Faculty, Lee College (2016)

Gabriel Peoples, Assistant Professor, Gender Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington (2018); Postdoctoral Fellow, Gender Studies, Indiana University (2016)

Heidi Anne Temple, Academic Head (2017) and Theatre Director and Teacher (2016), Northwood High School, Maryland

Maria Elena Vargas, Assistant Professor, Ethnic Studies, Sacramento State University (2018); Lecturer, San Francisco State University (2016)

Jessica Kenyatta Walker, Assistant Professor, American Culture and African American and African Studies, University of Michigan (to begin fall 2020); Collegiate Postdoctoral Fellow in American Culture, University of Michigan (2018); Lecturer, University of California, Berkeley (2017)



Andrew Nelson, A.P U.S. History teacher, The Altamont School, Birmingham, Alabama

Maria Velazquez, Postdoctoral Fellow, Transnational Black Citizenship Project, The Ohio State University (2017); Postdoctoral Fellow, Africana Studies, Bucknell University (2015)


Darius Bost, Associate Professor, Ethnic Studies, University of Utah (2019) ; Assistant Professor, Sexuality Studies, San Francisco State University

Kirsten Case, Research Associate and Director of the Potomac Gorge Project, National Park Service and Historic Preservation Program, University of Maryland

Douglas Ishii, Assistant Professor, English, University of Washington, Seattle (2020); Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Ethnic Studies, University of Colorado, Boulder

Shanna L. Smith, Assistant Professor, Department of English, Jackson State University (2016); Frederick Douglas Teaching Scholar, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania (2015)

Kelly Lynn Trigger, Associate Vice President for Teaching and Learning, Frederick Community College



Tiffany King, Assistant Professor, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Georgia State University

Elise White, Deputy Director, Midtown Community Court (New York)


Krista Park, Geographer/Project Manager, U.S. Census Bureau

Manouchka Poinson, Lecturer, University of Maryland, Baltimore Country

Jason Nichols, Lecturer, African American Studies, University of Maryland, College Park


Robert Hernandez, Assistant Professor, English, University of California, Riverside (2012); Postdoctoral Fellowship University of Texas, Austin (2011)

Amelia Wong, Assistant Professor, Museum Studies, George Washington University

Christine Muller, Dean, Saybrook College, Yale University

Justin Maher, Assistant Director of Admissions, Harvard University Graduate School of Education (2012); Postdoctoral Associate for Graduate Education Administration, University of Maryland, College Park (2011)

Henrike Lehnguth, Lecturer, University of Oldenberg

Robert Chester, Lecturer, American Studies Department, University of Maryland



Patrick Grzanka, Assistant Professor, Psychology, University of Tennessee (2014); Honors Faculty Fellow, Barrett College, Arizona State University (2010)

Rebecca Krefting, Assistant Professor, American Studies, Skidmore College

Manon Perry, Assistant Professor, Public History, University of Amsterdam

Kristen Williams, Visiting Assistant Professor, American Studies, Miami University, Ohio

Savneet Talwar, Associate Professor, Art Therapy, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Jennifer Anne Stabler, Archeologist, Prince George’s County Planning Department

Dawn Marie Reynolds, Senior Instructional Designer, Management Concepts

Claudia Rector, Assistant Provost for Academic Affairs, George Mason University

Teresa Moyer, Archeologist, National Park Service

Erika Martin Seibert, Archeologist, National Register of Historic Places

Lisa Gill, Fulbright Fellowship, Universität Regensburg

Johonna Turner (McCants), Assistant Professor, Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, Eastern Mennonite University



Wendy Thompson, Assistant Professor, African and African American Studies, Indiana State University (2013); Postdoctoral Fellowship, Africana Studies, Bowdoin College (2011); Postdoctoral Fellowship, History, University of Minnesota (2009)

Tamara Wilds Lawson, Director, Posse Foundation (DC)

Kristen Hodge, ACLS Public Fellows Postdoctoral Fellowship

Tyrone Stewart, Academic Advisor, University of Michigan

John Kille, Assistant Director, Lost Towns Project

Beth Graybill, Interim Women’s Center Director and Adjunct Faculty of Women and Gender Studies, Franklin and Marshall College



Jennifer Nolan-Stinson, Assistant Professor, English, North Carolina State University

Nicole King, Assistant Professor, American Studies, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Heidi Nasstrom Evans, Lecturer, Art and Art History, George Mason University

Alice Sandosharaj, Faculty, English, Howard University


John Patrick Daves, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Park Tudor School

Michael Hummel, Lecturer, American Studies, University of Maryland, Baltimore Country

Jesse Scott, Assistant Professor, University of Mississippi

Barbara Shaw, Assistant Professor, Women’s Studies, Allegheny College

Kelly Quinn, Terra Foundation Project Manager for Online Scholarly and Educational Initiatives (2012); Assistant Professor, American Studies, Miami University, Ohio (2007)

L. Suzanne Gordon, Lecturer, American Studies, University of Maryland


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