Top 25 African American Professors in Ohio

Top 25 African American Professors in Ohio

African-American Professor in Ohio

African-American professors of distinction in Ohio create a broad tapestry of the arts and sciences, excelling in academic teaching and inquiry into music, law, education, history, visual arts and social justice. This selection of the top 25 African American educators in the Buckeye State draws from major research universities as well as from teaching colleges. These celebrated educators, writers, artists, policy experts, and scientists share a singular commitment to fostering educational diversity and opportunity.

Discover the professor who studies the traditions of the Rastafari movement or the educator who serves the poor, at-risk children in Columbus. One professor has mined the rich history of the Black Panther movement while another is a recognized authority on supply chain management in the manufacturing sector. Talk about diversity!

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Akil Houston Ohio University

Dr. Houston is Assistant Professor of Cultural and Media Studies in the Department of African American Studies at Ohio University. He is an expert on the music, film and artistic contributions of contemporary Hip-hop culture.

Amoaba Gooden Kent State University

Dr. Gooden is Kent State’s chair of the Department of Pan-African Studies, an independent program in the College of Arts and Sciences founded 40 years ago. The focus of the program is the view that people of African descent are at the center of their own historical and current experiences. Dr. Gooden earned her PhD from Temple University.

Angela Neal-Barnett Kent State University

A professor in the Department of Psychology, Dr. Neal-Barnett is a recognized authority on anxiety disorders among African Americans, including children. She is the author of Soothe Your Nerves: The Black Woman’s Guide to Understanding and Overcoming Anxiety, Panic, and Fear.

Anthony Quinn University of Toledo

An associate professor of biological sciences in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Dr. Quinn has gained acclaim for his research into autoimmune disease as well as recognition for his mentoring of students at Toledo.

Earl Wright II University of Cincinnati

Dr. Wright has received acclaim for groundbreaking research on the W. E. B. Du Bois. He joined the faculty of the Department of Africana Studies at the University of Cincinnati in 2010 and served as the 2012 President of the Association of Black Sociologists.

Ennis B. Edmonds Kenyon College

Dr. Edmonds studies belief systems expressed in Afro-Caribbean and African American popular culture, especially Revival Zion. He has published on African diaspora religions, religion in America, and the sociology of religion.

Gerald O. Thompkins Kent State University

Dr. Thompkins received the Distinguished Alumni at Indiana University for his role in on STEM education in 2012. A retired Navy commander, Dr. Thompkins previously served as associate dean for student affairs at Wayne State University College of Engineering.

Hasan Kwame Jeffries The Ohio State University

Associate professor in the department of history, Dr. Jeffries has received high praise from students who enroll in his courses, from U.S. history surveys to advanced studies in the Civil Rights and Black Power movements in America. He is appointed to the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity.

James Hill The Ohio State University

Dr. Hill, Associate Professor of Management Sciences, specializes in the research of supply chain management and manufacturing, planning and control systems. He has extensive management experience in the private sector with Pepsi Co.

James L. Moore III The Ohio State University

Dr. Moore is an internationally recognized authority in the fields of school counseling, multi-cultural higher education, and African American student recruitment and retention. He has recently been appointed Distinguished Professor of Urban Education in the College of Education and Human Ecology.

Judson L. Jeffries The Ohio State University

Dr. Jeffries specializes on the study of the Black Power movement in America, especially scholarly inquiries into the Black Panther Party. He is a co-editor of Spectrum: A Journal on Black Men.

Leon McDougle The Ohio State University

Dr. McDougle, associate professor and associate dean, directs the Medical Careers Pathways post-baccalaureate program at OSU designed to prepare underrepresented minority students for work in medicine and the sciences. He is the chair of the Association of Medical Colleges’ Group on Diversity and Inclusion.

Llewellyn Joseph Gibbons University of Toledo

Professor of Law, Dr. Gibbons is an international legal expert on international and domestic intellectual property law. He is a long-time member of the American Association of Law Schools Minority Groups Section’s Executive Committee.

Lolita Buckner Inniss Cleveland State University Marshall College of Law

Dr. Inniss specializes in the teaching of and research into racism and the law. She serves as the Joseph C. Hostetler-Baker & Hostetler Chair in Law. Dr. Inniss earned a Ph.D. and an LLM with Distinction from Osgoode Hall, York University.

Mark L. Joseph Case Western Reserve University

Associate Professor and Director of the National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Dr. Joseph is a Faculty Associate at the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development. His scholarly interests include community initiatives and mixed-income development.

Mervyn R. Joseph Central State University

Associate professor of music education at Central State, Dr. Joseph conducts research into the Black music aesthetic, urban teacher education, and international music education. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy in music education from Indiana University-Bloomington.

Michael R Williams Cleveland State University

Dr. Williams has combined scholarly explorations in social work with a spiritual life focus. He earned his Ph.D. at the School of Social Work, University of Pittsburgh and an M.Div. at Ashland Theological Seminary, Ohio.

Michelle Alexander The Ohio State University

Dr. Alexander, a nationally recognized authority on race and law, holds an assistant professorship with Moritz College of Law and the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity. She previously served as the Director of the Racial Justice Project for the ACLU of Northern California.

Reginald Sanders Kenyon College

Dr. Sanders is a former recipient of the American Bach Society William H. Scheide Prize. He joined the Kenyon faculty in 2000 following a two-year Fulbright Fellowship in Germany. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy from Yale University.

Roderick J. McDavis Ohio University

President McDavis took the helm of Ohio University in 2004. A Dayton native, Dr. McDavis previously served as provost and vice president for academic affairs and professor of education at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Scott Wilkes Case Western Reserve University

Wilkes holds a Juris Doctor from Case Western Reserve University, School of Law. He has extensive field experience in child welfare, children’s mental health, program development and non-profit management. He earned an M.S. from the Columbia University School of Social Work.

Terrell L. Strayhorn The Ohio State University

Faculty Research Associate in the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race & Ethnicity, Dr. Strayhorn serves as Associate Professor, Higher Education and Adjunct Associate Professor, African & Africana Studies. He was named a “Top Emerging Scholar” by Diverse Issues in Higher Education.

Vincene Verdun The Ohio State University

Moritz College of Law professor Verdun is a director of the Midwest People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference and is founder of READ (Read Columbus Read, Inc.), a non-profit organization providing educational assistance to children in Columbus low-income housing projects.

William Theodore McDaniel The Ohio State University

Founder of the National Association for the Study and Performance of African-American Music, Dr. McDaniel has directed the Ohio State Jazz Ensemble for 20 years and is director of Jazz Studies. He has conducted extensive research into the works of Charlie Parker and John Coltrane.

Zachery Williams University of Akron

Dr. Williams is an Associate Professor of African American History. The author of In Search of the Talented Tenth: Howard University Intellectuals and the Dilemmas of Race in Academia, 1926-1970, he teaches courses in African American Men’s History, American History 1877 to the Present, Urban America, and Sports in American History.