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Dr. Cynthia Lucas Hewitt 

Dr. Hewitt is an associate professor of sociology and faculty of the sustainability minor and the African American Studies Program at Morehouse. She received her Ph.D. from Emory University, M.A. from Howard University, and B.A. from Brown University. Dr. Hewitt’s areas of specialization are the political economy of the world-system, race/class/gender inequality, sustainable development, and environmental sociology. Her current research includes the historical and contemporary impact of matrist (particularly the “dual-gender” authority heritage in Ghana) and patriarchal authority structures on social well-being; and labor market outcomes of racial and ethnic inequality in Atlanta and the United States. Dr. Hewitt is also a member of the SERC/InTeGrate HBCU Working Group to increase minority participation in geosciences. She was co-chair of the annual Africa Awareness Week program for many years, and co-chair of the Nile Valley Conference II – From the Nile to the Niger to the Mississippi,” held in the Atlanta University Center, 2011. Dr. Hewitt is also a Kettering Foundation Whisenton Public Scholar.

Dr. Kipton E. Jensen

Dr. Jensen is an associate professor of philosophy and religion. Jensen joined Morehouse in 2010. He studied in Germany as a graduate student in Karlsruhe, Fredericana Universitat, and taught as a Fulbright Scholar in Halle-Wittenberg, Martin-Luther-Institut. His first book, Hegel Hovering, was on Hegel's philosophy of religion. Before coming to Morehouse, Jensen was at the University of Botswana. His second book, Parallel Discourses, dealt with religious identity and public health ethics. Jensen is presently working on dimensions of violence and nonviolence, peace studies, and African American social philosophers from Du Bois and Martin Luther King to Malcolm X and Angela Davis. Jensen teaches the philosophy of science, German idealism, American pragmatism, the philosophy of mind, and political philosophy. His most recent articles and forthcoming book deal with the philosophical dimension of Howard Thurman's thought.

Dr. Michael E. Hodge

Dr. Hodge is provost and senior vice president of academic affairs. He received his Ph.D. in sociology and his M.S. in psychology from the University of Florida. He has taught at the University of Georgia, University of Tennessee, and Georgia State University. His areas of interest focus on racial and ethnic inequality, including health disparities as well as socioeconomic inequity to include black entrepreneurship. He is past-president of the Georgia Sociological Association and a lifetime member of the Association of Black Sociologists. In 2013, he was named the Georgia Sociologist of the Year by the Georgia Sociological Association.

ICLS Affiliated Faculty
Dr. Barry Lee

Dr. Lee received his B.A. in history from Morehouse in 1990 and earned both a master's and a Ph.D. from Georgia State University in American History, focusing on late 20th century African American history and specializing in the civil and human rights movements. Dr. Lee wrote his dissertation on the Nashville movement and, as an M.A. student, completed his thesis on a prominent Morehouse College religion and philosophy professor, Samuel Woodrow Williams, who was also pastor of the historic Friendship Baptist Church. Lee is now a member of the Morehouse history faculty. In his tenure at Morehouse, Dr. Lee taught African American history in several international venues. In the summer of 2014, he participated in an international faculty exchange program at Shanghai University as one of about 40 college professors worldwide. During Black History Month in 2017, Dr. Lee was invited by the U.S. State Department to be the keynote speaker for the celebration of Black History Month in Nigeria at Ahmadu Bello University, Kaduna State University, and the University of Abuja, speaking to more than 800 students and dozens of faculty workshops. In the summer of 2018, Dr. Lee participated in the Mellon-Mays International Faculty Seminar held in Lisbon, Portugal, and Granada, Spain. Faculty from historically Black colleges and universities studied the trans-Atlantic slave trade to connect their teaching and scholarship to Africa and the diaspora. Professor Lee also has expertise in the Black Power era, 20th-century Black leadership, student activism, the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr and James M. Lawson Jr, nonviolence and self-defense as social change strategies, and the South African apartheid era. He recently published an entry in the "Arkansas Encyclopedia of History and Culture" on Samuel Woodrow Williams. He is writing a journal article on Reverend James M. Lawson's suspension from Vanderbilt University in 1960, a consequence of his role as mentor and teacher of a group of students who led the sit-in movement in Nashville. He is also working on an article re-examining the significance of the sit-in movement and an article that examines King's complex and mischaracterized relationship with student activists.

Dr. Stephane Dunn

Dr. Dunn is an associate professor and Director of the Cinema, Television, and Emerging Media Studies program. She received her M.A., M.F.A., and Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame. She specializes in film, creative writing, and African American and American cultural and literary studies. She authored the 2008 book, "Baad Bitches & Sassy Supermamas: Black Power Action Films" (U of Illinois Press), which explores the representation of race, gender, and sexuality as they play out in the Black Power and feminist influenced explosion of Black action films in the early 1970s, including, Sweetback Sweetback's Baad Assssss Song, Cleopatra Jones, and Foxy Brown. Her writings about film and Black popular culture and history appeared in several edited books, Ms. magazine, Screening Noir, The Chronicle of Higher Education, TheRoot.com, AJC, CNN.com, and the Best African American Essays (2009), among others. Her plays include You a Baad N***, Titty, Chem Girls, and The Box. She wrote and co-produced the winning first place short film in the 2013 Georgia Lottery- Bronze Lens Film Festival Lights, Camera, Georgia competition. She received a Napa Valley Writer's Conference Scholarship and an FMS Postdoctoral Mentoring Fellowship. She is working on a novel and a short film. Dr. Dunn traveled with a delegate of students and faculty from Morehouse and Spelman to the A. Philip Randolph Institute National Convention in Phoenix.

Dr. Andrew Douglas

Dr. Douglas is an associate professor of political science at Morehouse. He teaches political theory courses and is affiliated with interdisciplinary programs in Africana Studies and International Comparative Labor Studies. He is the author of two books—"W. E. B. Du Bois and the Critique of the Competitive Society" (2019) and "In the Spirit of Critique: Thinking Politically in the Dialectical Tradition" (2013)—and is at work on another, a study of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s critique of capitalism (coauthored with Jared Loggins). Articles and other writings have appeared in, among other outlets, The Du Bois Review, The C.L.R. James Journal, Constellations, Philosophy and Social Criticism, Contemporary Political Theory, The Review of Politics, Boston Review, and Political Theory. Douglas was a 2016-2017 residential research fellow at the Whitney Humanities Center at Yale University. He holds a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley and a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.

Dr. Haile Laredo

Dr. Laredo is an associate professor of history at Morehouse College with a Ph.D. in History from the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London in 1990, specializing in the History of Africa with emphasis on Italian colonial history. His B.D. and S.T.L. are from the Angelicum University in Rome, Italy. He has an M.Phil. in History and Philosophy of Religion from Kings College, London, UK. Dr. Larebo has been teaching the History of Africa alongside World History and Western Civilization since 1991 in a number of academic institutions.

Dr. Larebo's magnum opus, "The Building of an Empire: Italian Land Policy and Practice in Ethiopia, 1935-1941," published by Clarendon Press Oxford University Press in 1994, was a winner of a prestigious award for his unique contribution to Italo-Ethiopian studies. He has also published several articles on the field of his specialty and has presented academic papers on Ethiopia at national and international conferences. Beyond being a member of many professional bodies, Dr. Larebo has been awarded several prestigious grants and fellowships, including the National Endowment for the Humanities and senior fellowship at the National Humanities Center at Research Triangle, in N.C. He has also been a special guest speaker at, or interviewee by, many community and political organizations, paltalks, satellite TV, and radio programs on issues relating to Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa. Currently, Dr. Larebo is working on Ethiopic/Geez medieval manuscripts and the relationship between the Ethiopian state, church, and society. Apart from being fluent in Ge'ez and Latin, Dr. Larebo speaks and writes in several languages, including Amharic, Ge'ez, Italian, and Tigrinya.

Dr. M. Adrienne Jones

Dr. Jones teaches courses in American politics, race, and law. Adrienne serves as the Morehouse College Pre-Law Director. Adrienne’s research broadly focuses on the history and politics of black Americans and legal and public policy issues related to the black experience. Her doctoral dissertation, The Voting Rights Act Under Siege: The Development of the Influence of Colorblind Conservatism on the Federal Government and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, is currently being excerpted for journal publication. She is a regular opinion editorial writer on issues of race and politics.

Edward "Buzz" Palmer

Palmer is a visiting lecturer and honorary chair of the ICLS Advisory Council. Palmer is a retired Chicago police officer and activist. He was married to activist Alice Palmer. He was a founder of the Afro-American Patrolman's League. Palmer is also the co-director of the PEOPLE Programme. Palmer has also been a senior fellow for the Institute for Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois, an affiliate of the Great Cities Program, the chairman of Chicago' s Sister Cities Committee under the late Mayor Harold Washington, chair of the Senate Advisory Committee on South Africa, member of the International Board of United Townships in Paris, the president of the Black Press Institute. Palmer acted as a confidante to Prime Minister Michael Manly of Jamaica; Glyn Ford, Member of European Parliamentary for the UK; and Harlem Desirs, MEP for France. In these capacities, he advises policymakers on the issues surrounding urban instability. Palmer is presently a visiting professor of practice at Morehouse College and the honorary director of the ICLS conference.

Marc Bayard

Marc Bayard is a consultant with the Institute of Policy Studies, Washington, D.C., and a leading expert on racial equity and organizing strategies with extensive experience in building partnerships between labor, faith groups, and civil rights communities. A frequent speaker and social commentator for a number of institutions and organizations, Bayard's dedication to achieving just and humane treatment for workers worldwide is grounded in his first-hand work and experiences in nearly 50 countries. From 2003 to 2011, he was the Africa Regional Program Director for the American Center for International Labor Solidarity, AFL-CIO, and was recently a fellow with the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor at Georgetown University. Bayard holds master's degrees from Cornell University and Georgetown University and is a highly regarded labor politics scholar. He is the author of the forthcoming biography "Standing Together in Service: William Lucy, Civil Rights and the American Labor Movement" (University of Illinois Press).