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Frederick Douglass Distinguished Scholars | Advisory Committee

Faculty Director & Chair

  1. Keith Leonard, Associate Professor

    CAS - Literature

    Author of Fettered Genius: The African American Bardic Poet from Slavery to Civil Rights, Keith D Leonard did his master's in English at UNC Chapel and his PhD at Stanford.His publications, presentations, and courses have revolved around his study of… More

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    (202) 885-2961

FDDS Vice Chair

  1. Rachel Watkins, Associate Professor

    CAS - Anthropology

    My research focuses on the biological and social history of African Americans living in the 19th and 20th century urban US. I began this journey studying the health consequences of poverty and inequality through skeletal and documentary data analysis… More

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    (202) 885-1663

Advisory Committee members

  1. Robin Broad, Professor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Dr. Robin Broad, Professor of International Development, established the International Development Program’s unique curricular offerings on economic globalization and development and on environment and development with a focus on social, environmenta… More

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    (202) 885-1478

  2. Sonya Grier, Professor

    KSB - Marketing

    Professor Grier conducts interdisciplinary research on topics related to target marketing, race in the marketplace, the social impact of commercial marketing, and social marketing. Her current research investigates the relationship between marketing … More

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    (202) 885-1971

  3. Leena Jayaswal, Associate Professor

    SOC - School of Communication

    Leena Jayaswal is a full-time professor of Film and Media Arts. She is head of the photography concentration. Her photography has been nationally recognized in galleries around the country. She has worked with famed photographer, Mary Ellen Mark. Her… More

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    (202) 885-2662

  4. Marquita Lightfoot, Associate Director of Admissions

    Admissions Enrollment Services

    Marquita Lightfoot joined American University in January 1982. As an Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions, she serves as an integral member of the Admissions Leadership Team and is charged with assisting in the development of admissions pol… More

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    (202) 885-6062

  5. Constance Lindsay, Professorial Lecturer

    SPA - Public Admin and Policy

    Dr. Constance A. Lindsay is currently a Professorial Lecturer in the School of Public Affairs at American University teaching courses in quantitative methods and education policy. Dr. Lindsay obtained a doctorate in Human Development and Social Polic… More

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    (202) 885-2307

  6. Paula Warrick, Director-Office of Merit Awards

    Career Ctr Merit Awards Office

    Dr. Paula Warrick has directed the Office of Merit Awards since 1999 and is a firm believer in the rewards of the application process, including the chance to develop more realistic career goals and close relationships with faculty. Paula oversees th… More

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    (202) 885-1817

  7. Isaiah Wooden, Assistant Professor

    CAS - Performing Arts

    Isaiah Matthew Wooden is a director-dramaturg and Assistant Professor of Performing Arts at American University. He received his A.B. in Government from Georgetown University and earned his Ph.D. in Theater and Performance Studies at Stanford Univers… More

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