Sunday, May 30, 2010

Udated CV

Since I haven't updated this blog in a long, long time, I thought I ought to at least add an updated CV. Since my last post, I left my position as a Vice Provost. I am still at NYU but am now a full time faculty member with a joint appointment in the Gallatin School of Individualized Study and in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, Faculty of Arts and Science.


Gallatin School of Individualized Study
New York University
715 Broadway, Room 503
New York, New York 10003


Ph.D., Boston University, 1978
Major Field: African History
Minor Field: African American History

M.A., Boston University, 1973
Major Field: History

B.A., Wheaton College (MA) 1971
cum laude and with departmental honors in Urban Studies


Professor of History, Gallatin School of Individualized Study, NYU July 1998 to present

Professor of History, Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, Faculty of Arts and Science, NYU Spring 2010 to present

Professor of History and Black Studies, Hampshire College, 1990 to 1998

Five Colleges Graduate Faculty, 1986 to 1998
• Supervised MA and PhD theses in anthropology and history departments at U. Mass-Amherst

Associate Professor of History and Black Studies, Hampshire College, 1983 to 1990

Assistant Professor of History and Black Studies, Hampshire College, 1980 to 1983

Assistant Professor of African History, Departments of History and Pan African Studies, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, September 1978 to June 1980

Instructor, History Department, Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone Freetown, Sierra Leone, November 1975 to June 1976

Vice Provost for Faculty Development, New York University, September 2008 to 8/2009

• Supervised Office of Faculty Resources, Center for Teaching Excellence; Faculty Resource Network; Office of Equal Opportunity;
• Oversaw university-wide faculty diversity efforts
• Chair, Special Council on Faculty Diversity

Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, New York University, September 2005 to August 2008

• Advised provost on faculty appointments, tenure, and policies
• Member of President’s Senior Team of 12 people
• Supervised Office of Faculty Resources, Center for Teaching Excellence; Faculty Resource Network; Office of Academic Appointments; Office of Equal Opportunity; Scholars at Risk Network
• Oversaw university-wide faculty diversity efforts
• Act as provost’s liaison to the Faculty Senator’s Council, the School of Social Work, and the humanistic social sciences in the School of Faculty of Arts and Science

Dean of the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, NYU, July 1998 to June 2005

• Chief academic, administrative, and fiscal officer of a school with 1200 undergraduates, 200 masters students, and a $20m budget
• Increased the school’s visibility and reputation both in the university and throughout the country; greatly increased the applicant pool (over 30% in the last year alone)
• Raised over $25m in last two years for major capital campaign
• Led the school to build a stronger, more diverse faculty and a more coherent curriculum; retention steadily improved

Dean of Faculty, Hampshire College (Amherst, MA.), July 1994 to June 1998

• Chief academic officer for the college with four schools and approximately 90 faculty members and 1200 students
• Supervised the library, academic computing, admissions and financial aid, registrar, advising, and more
• Managed major restructuring of the faculty from four schools to five
• Significant improvement of faculty diversity
• Substantial growth in admissions applications

Dean of the School of Social Science, Hampshire College, July 1991 to June 1994
Chief academic officer of a school with approximately 40 faculty members


Co-chair of the Executive Committee, Metro New York/Southern Connecticut Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC), 2006 to 2009

Participant, Institute of Management and Leadership in Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Summer 2006

Chair, NYU Council of the Deans, 2001 to 2005

Chair, Review Committee for Proposed Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies Program, Louisiana State University, 2001

Series Editor, Critical Studies in Racism and Ethnicity, Temple University Press, 1997 to present

President’s Commission, Wheaton College, 1997 to 2003

College of Arts & Sciences Advisory Board for Adelphi University, 1997 to 1999

Planning Committee, Black Women and the Academy Conferences, 1994 and 1997

Selection Committee, Frederic W. Ness Book Award, 1995

History Department Visiting Committee, Amherst College, 1995

Chair, Five Colleges Black Studies Executive Committee, 1981 to 1982

Visiting Research Scholar, Institute of African Studies, Fourah Bay College, Freetown, Sierra Leone, 1975 to 1977


Kidder-Peabody Grant for research in The Gambia, Spring 1989

Letitia Brown Memorial Publication Prize of the Association of Black Women Historians for the best book in 1987 on Black Women (Sierra Leone's Settler Women Traders), Fall 1987

Catherine T. & John D. MacArthur Professor, Hampshire College, 1985 to 1988

Fulbright Senior Research Scholar in Sierra Leone and The Gambia, Fall 1983

Mellon Scholar, Wellesley College Center for Research on Women program on integrating women into the humanities, Spring 1983

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend for research in South Carolina, Summer 1982

A.W. Mellon Faculty Development Grant for research in Sierra Leone, 1980 to 1981

Roothbert Fellowship, The Roothbert Fund, 1977 to 1978

Kent Fellowship, The Danforth Foundation, 1975 to 1978

African American Scholars Council Grant for research in Sierra Leone, 1975 to 1976


Dark Continent of Our Bodies: Black Feminism and the Politics of Respectability, Temple University Press, 2001

With Iris Berger. Women in Sub-Saharan Africa: Restoring Women to History. Indiana University Press, 1999. Reprinted in Japanese in 2004

Sierra Leone's Settler Women Traders: Women on the Afro-European Frontier. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, Women and Culture Series. 1987. (Winner of the Letitia Brown Memorial Publication Prize of the Association of Black Women Historians, 1987)


Review of Jackie Ormes: The first African-American Woman Cartoonist by Nancy Goldstein, Winter 2010.

“Adelaide Casely Hayford.” “Constance Cummings-John.” and “Race: Overview.” Contributions to Encyclopedia of Women in World History. Oxford University Press, 2007

“The Evidence of Things Not Seen: The Alchemy of Race and Sexuality” in James Baldwin and Toni Morrison: Comparative Critical and Theoretical Essays. Lovalerie King and Lynn Orilla Scott (eds.) Palgrave Macmillan 2006

"Africa on My Mind: Gender, Counter Discourse and African American Nationalism." Journal of Women's History. Vol. 2 No. 1 (Spring 1990). Reprinted in Expanding the Boundaries of Women’s History: Essays on Women in the Third World. Cheryl Johnson-Odim and Margaret Strobel, (eds.), Indiana University Press, 1992; in Words of Fire: An Anthology of African-American Feminist Thought. Beverly Guy-Sheftall, (ed.) The New Press, 1995; and in Is it Nation Time?: Contemporary Essays on Black Power and Black Nationalism. Eddie S. Glaude, Jr., (ed.) The University of Chicago Press, 2002

"Women of Western and Western Central Africa." Restoring Women to History: Teaching Packets for Integrating Women's History into Courses on Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Middle East. Cheryl Johnson-Odim and Margaret Strobel (eds.) Organization of American Historians, 1988

"Racisme et sexisme: La confrontation des feministes noires aux formes conjointes de l'oppression." Les Temps Modernes. Vol. 42, no. 485, December 1986

"Women, Work and Ethnicity: The Sierra Leone Case." Women and Work in Africa. Edna Bay (ed.) Westview Press, 1982


“Connecting Diversity and Globalization: Immigration and Access.” The Future of Diversity and Opportunity in Higher Education: A National Forum on Innovation and Collaboration, Rutgers University, December 3-5, 2008.

“Faculty Diversity in the (Post) Obama Era.” Making Excellence Inclusive: Promoting Diversity in Higher Education—a conference organized by a coalition of Higher Education Recruitment Consortia, November 7, 2008.

Beyond Michigan. A summit organized with Professor Susan Sturm of Columbia University. Invited guests included diversity vice provosts from Brown, Columbia, Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Penn, and Yale; legal counsels Jonathan Alger, Rutgers University, Anurima Bhargava, NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and Sheila O’Rourke, U.C.-Berkeley. June 2008.

“The Suppression of Slave Trade Memories.” Keynote address at Slavery, Anti-Slavery and the Road to Freedom, conference held by Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. May 2007.

“Teaching and Research at Fourah Bay College before the (Sierra Leonean) Civil War.” Lecture delivered at the Institute of African Studies, FBC, University of Sierra Leone, February 2005

“Liberal Education in a Research University.” Lectured delivered at the Ministry of Education, Freetown, Sierra Leone, February 2005

“Liberal Education and the Contested Meanings of Freedom.” Paper delivered at the Smith College Symposium, “What’s Liberal about the Liberal Arts Today?” May 2002

“Marking Race: Race, Respectability, and Nationalism.” Lecture delivered at Institute for Research on Women, Rutgers University at New Brunswick, October 2001

“Race and Gender in Hiring in American Higher Education.” La Universidad de Palermo, Buenos Aires, Argentina, August 1999

“Evidence of Things Not Seen: The Alchemy of Race and Sexuality.” Paper presented at Princeton University Conference, Race Matters, May 1994

“Gender, Sexuality and Nationalism.” American Historical Association annual meeting, San Francisco, CA., January 1994
“Who Represents the Race?” University of Oregon at Eugene, October 1992

"Black Feminist Voices." University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, March 1991

"Theories and Societies Structured in Dominance—Black Feminist Interventions." Lecture delivered at Hampshire College as part of the Five Colleges 25th Anniversary Lecture Series, February 1991

"Gender, Counter-Discourse, and Afrocentric Thought." Williams College, February 1990

"Africa on My Mind: Searching for the African Roots of African-American Women." Paper delivered at Clark University conference, Women on the Frontiers of Research: An Interdisciplinary Conference, March 1988

"Black Feminism and the Politics of the Black Family." Williams College, February 1987

"The Dark Continent of Our Bodies: Constructing Race and Womanhood in the 19th Century." University of California at Santa Cruz, February 1987. Also delivered at the National Women Studies Association meetings, June 1987; and Simons Rock at Bard College September 1987

"Race, Gender and Science." Conference organized at Hampshire College with Ann McNeal; participants included Evelynn Hammonds, Venessa Gamble, Darlene Clark Hine, Anne Fausto-Sterling, Rita Arditi and Allan Brandt, January 1987


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