Five Black Scholars Are Taking on New Assignments

Jose Cossa was appointed a senior lecturer in international and domestic policy in the department of leadership, policy, and organizations of Peabody College at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. He has been serving as a visiting associate professor at the American University of Cairo. Dr. Cossa is the author of Power, Politics, and Higher Education: International Regimes, Local Governments, and Educational Autonomy (Cambria Press, 2008).

Dr. Cossa holds a master’s degree from the Cape Theological Seminary in South Africa and a Ph.D. in cultural and educational policy studies from Loyola University of Chicago.

Michael Woods was named the Leonard C. Ferguson Professor of Music at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. He has written over 700 musical compositions.

Professor Woods holds a master’s degree in composition from Indiana University and was the first African American to earn a doctorate in music composition from the University of Oklahoma.

Derek Conrad Murray, an associate professor in the history of art and visual culture department at the University of California, Santa Cruz, has been appointed to the editorial board of Art Journal. The publication is a peer-reviewed journal published by the College Art Association.

Dr. Murray is the author of Queering Post-Black Art: Artists Transforming African American Identity After Civil Rights (I.B. Tauris, 2015). He holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in the history of art from Cornell University.

Dean E. Robinson was appointed the Terrance Murray Commonwealth Honors College Professor at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He had been serving as an associate professor of political science at the university.

Professor Robinson is the author of Black Nationalism in American Politics and Thought (Cambridge University Press, 2001). He holds a Ph.D. from Yale University.

Michael Bradford was appointed chair of the department of dramatic arts at the University of Connecticut. He will also serve as artistic director of the Connecticut Repertory Theatre. Professor Bradford has served on the faculty at the university since 2001.

Professor Bradford holds a master of fine arts degree in playwriting from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York.

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