Alumni Accomplishments

Susan Chen, visiting professor in the department of languages and literature at Skidmore College. Teaching focus is on Chinese language courses, ethnicity, and contemporary China.

Samuel "Zeb" Baker 09 PhD  was awarded the 2010–2011 Princeton University Library Research Grant. He also won a $1000 Moody Grant, awarded by the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation, to spend time at the LBJ Library in Austin working with the HEW records from the Johnson administration to establish the internal decision-making that precipitated Title VI compliance and, more specifically, the role that athletic integration played in the Johnson administration's mindset about desegregating higher education. He has also been awarded a W. J. B. Dorn Research Award by the University of South Carolina Libraries to conduct research in the South Carolina Political Collections Archives. He was awarded a John F. Kennedy Presidential Library Foundation Research Grant and awarded a Bentley Travel Grand Award. He was elected to a second consecutive term on the Thomas Wolfe Society Board of Directors.

Stephen Bransford 08C was appointed educational analyst for video, which is part of the Academic Technology Services team in the Woodruff Library

Ann Short Chirhart 97 PhD has just edited a book published by the University of Georgia Press, called Georgia Women: Their Lives and Times–Volume 1.

Rohit Chopra 06 PhD (guest editor) "Reflections on Empire," special issue of the Economic and Political Weekly, 46(13); March 26–April 1, 2011; "Resurrection and Normalisation of Empire." Economic and Political Weekly, 46 (13): March 26–April 1, 2011;  Global Media, Culture, and Identity: Theory, Cases, and Approaches. New York: Routledge 2011; "Introductiojn:  Media, Culture, and Identity in the Time of the Global." (edited with Radhika Gajjala), Global Media, Culture, and Identity. New York: Routledge, 2011

Rhea Combs 09 PhD was appointed to the Board of Directors of the nationally recognized New York-based youth media organization, Global Action Project

Timothy J. Crimmins 72 PhD and Anne H. Farrisee, published Democracy Restored: A History of the Georgia State Capitol, University of Georgia Press, 2007.

Larry Earvin 82 PhD,president of Huston-Tillotson University in Austin,Texas, was recently inducted into the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame in the education catergory. 

Terry Easton 06 PhD has won the 2007 Constance Coiner Dissertation Award of the Working-Class Studies Association. His dissertation, "Temporary Work, Contingent Lives: Race, Immigration, and Transformations of Atlanta's Daily Work, Daily Pay," documents the working lives of African American, Latino, and white day laborers in late twentieth century Atlanta. The dissertation also explores power, resistance, and reform through an examination of the ways attorneys, activists, legislators, religious leaders, and union members sought to improve day laborers' working conditions. He is currently a Marion Britton Teaching Fellow at Georgia Tech.

Michelle Hite 09 PhD participated in a program at Spelman College Museum called Beyond the Blackboard. She wrote five entries for the Oxford Encylclopedia of African American Hisotry 1896–Present: From the Age of Segregation to the Twenty-first Century.

George Johnston 06 PhD received the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians (SESAH) Book of the Year Award for his book Drafting Culture: A Social History of Architectural Graphic Standards (MIT Press, 2008)

Pellom McDaniels, III 07 PhD was featured in an online article "NFL Alumni" was featured in an online article "Negro Leagues Museum Tries Hard to Reinvent Itself" . He also served on a panel at the opening reception for Pride and Passion, The African American Baseball Experience on Saturday, November 6th at the Decatur Library. He is has also posted a blog "The Value of a Name.

Elizabeth Milewicz 09 PhD was the project manager for the NEH-funded Expanded Online Trans-Atlantic Slace Trade Database project (May 2006-May 2008); organized workshop and training materials for DLF OAI Implementers' Workshop (August 25, 2006) as a part of the IMLS-funded The Distributed Library; OAI for Digital Library Aggregation project; 2007 CHT Dialogues committee (poster and program design); 2006–2007 ILA Student Council (Secretary-Treasurer)

Matthew Miller 09 PhD has written a brief article on the intersections between rap and brass band music in New Orleans. He published a non-scholarly article in the record collector–oriented magazine Wax Poetics

Manuel Montoya 10 PhD received final admission and full membership to the Council of Foreign Relations. One of Manuel's first tasks is to travel to Africa and Germany to confirm closure of a Coltan coal mine. 

Eddy Von Mueller 06 PhD received a Funds for Innovative Teaching grant from the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence

Charles Ngugi 08 PhD was appointed to the Editorial Board of Pluralities: Monash South African Journal of Social Sciences; Invited to showcase his scholarly work by Berkeley Electronic Press (Bepress) of the University of California at Berkeley in their Selected Works section

Theresa Starkey 10 PhD has had her dissertation chapter "The Bodies of Lizzie Borden" accepted in a collection titled Literary Representations of the Murdering Woman.

Krista Thompson 02 PhD received the $25,000 High Museum Driskell Prize

Amy Wood 02 PhD writes that her revised dissertation "Lynching and Spectacle: Witnessing Racial Violence in America, 1890–1940" (UNC Press) is one of five finalists in the history category for this year's L.A. Times Book Awards.  She has won the 2010 Lillian Smith Book Award presented by the University of Georgia Libraries and Georgia Center for the Book for the year's outstanding nonfiction book about the US South. Wood's book Lynching and Spectacle: Witnessing Racial Violence in America, 1890–1940 is a revised version of her ILA dissertation.

PhD Job Placement

  • James "Jay" Hughes 13 PhD 2014, Jones Program in Ethics; Assistant Director of Fellowships and PDS Funds, Emory University
  • Laura Emiko Soltis 13 PhD 2014 Executive Director, Freedom University
  • Kyoko Taniguchi, 11 PhD  2009–2010 Visiting Instructor, Asian Studies Department, Gettysburg College; 2010–2011 Visiting Assistant Professor, East Asian Studies Department, Dickinson College; 2013 Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, Lehigh University
  • Manuel Montoya 10 PhD Assistant Professor of Global Structures, Anderson School of Management, University of New Mexico
  • Folashade Alao 09 PhD Post-Doctoral Fellowship, African American Studies, Rutgers University
  • Samuel "Zeb" Baker 09 PhD Assistant Professor, History Department, Georgia Southern
  • Susan Chen 09 PhD Post-Doctoral Teaching Position (one year), Gettysburg College, Deptartment of Asian Studies; Post-Doctoral Fellowship, National Chiao-tung University, Taiwan (2010–2011)
  • Rhea Combs 09 PhD Assistant Dean of Multicultural Affairs, Reed College
  • Brittney Cooper 09 PhD Assistant Professor, Women's Studies, University of Alabama
  • Shlomit Ritz Finkelstein 09 PhD Special Adjunct Professor, ILA, Emory University
  • Michelle Hite 09 PhD Lecturer, English Department, Spelman College
  • Aukje Kluge 09 PhD Assistant Professor, Excercise Science Department, University of Scranton
  • Elizabeth Milewicz 09 PhD Post Doctoral Fellowship, History Department, Emory University
  • Matthew Miller 09 PhD Special Adjunct Professor, ILA, Emory University
  • Anne Sinkey 09 PhD Museum Professional, Kennesaw State University, Holocaust Education Program
  • Stacy Boyd 08 PhD Assistant Professor, English Department, University of West Georgia
  • Petrina Dacres 08 PhD Department Head, Art History, Edna Manley College
  • Ryan Hays 08 PhD Assistant Dean of Faculty, Princeton University
  • Yanique Hume 08 PhD Lecturer, Cultural Studies Program, University of West Indies
  • Charles Ngugi 08 PhD Assistant Professor, Communications Department, Truman State University
  • Meheli Sen 08 PhD Assistant Professor, Cinema Studies, DePaul University
  • Philip Webb 08 PhD Lecturer, American Studies, DePaul University
  • Brent Campney 07 PhD Assistant Professor, Pan Am/Afro Studies, University of Texas
  • Gordon Jones 07 PhD Senior Military Historian and Curator, Atlanta History Center
  • Pellom McDaniels III 07 PhD Assistant Professor, History Department, University of Missouri, Kansas City
  • Margaret McGehee 07 PhD Assisant Professor, English Department, Presbyterian College
  • Robert Patterson 07 PhD Assistant Professor, English Department, Florida State University
  • Stuart Patterson 07 PhD Assistant Professor, Liberal Arts, Shimer University
  • Donna Troka 07 PhD Assistant Director of the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence, Emory University
  • Eddy Von Mueller 07 PhD Lecturer, Film Studies, Emory University
  • Rohit Chopra 06 PhD Assistant Professor, Department of Communications, Santa Clara University, CA
  • Antonio de Velasco 06 PhD Assistant Professor, Rhetorical Studies, University of Memphis
  • Terry Easton 06 PhD Assistant Professor, English Department, Gainesville State College
  • Robert Goddard 06 PhD Lecturer, Institute of Comparative Literature, Emory University
  • Martin Halbert 06 PhD Director, Library Systems, Emory University
  • George Johnston 06 PhD Associate Professor, Architecture, Georgia Tech
  • Emily Satterwhite 06 PhD Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Studies, Virginia Tech
  • Katherine Skinner 06 PhD Digital Programs Team Leader, Woodruff Library, Emory University
  • Ellen Spears 06 PhD Visiting Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies, Emory University
  • Eldon Birthwright 05 PhD Assistant Professor, English Department, Louisiana State University
  • Kent Glenzer 05 PhD Director, CARE
  • Michael Hill 05 PhD Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Studies, Drew University
  • Stephen Levin 05 PhD Assistant Professor, English Department, Clark University
  • James Steffen 05 PhD Librarian, Emory University
  • Lynnell Thomas 05 PhD Assistant Professor, American Studies, University of Massachusetts
  • Saul Tobias 05 PhD External Fellow, Center for the Humanities, Temple University
  • Amira Jarmakani 04 PhD Assistant Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Women's Studies, Georgia State University
  • Angela Kreider 04 PhD Assistant Editor, Papers of James Madison, University of Virginia
  • Michael McGovern 04 PhD Assistant Professor, Anthropology, Yale University
  • Heidi Nordberg 04 PhD Freelance Web Designer, Data Dome, Inc.
  • Stuart Patterson 04 PhD Associate Professor of Liberal Arts, Shimer College
  • Miriam Petty 04 PhD PostDoc Fellow, Princeton Society of Fellows
  • Jay Straker 04 PhD Associate Professor, Liberal Arts and International Studies, Colorado Schools of Mines
  • Jason Breyan 03 PhD Director of Academic Advising, Emory University
  • Francis Desiderio 03 PhD Assistant Director, University Honors Program, Georgia Southern
  • Edward Gamarra 02 PhD Production Assistant, 17th Street Productions, Paramount Studios
  • Victoria Hesford 02 PhD Assistant Professor, Women's Studies, Stony Brook University
  • Calinda Lee 02 PhD Assistant Director, Johnson Institute, Emory University
  • Mark Nunes 02 PhD Chair, Humanities Department, Georgia Perimeter College
  • Krista Thompson 02 PhD Assistant Professor, Art History Department, University of Chicago
  • Michelle Wilkinson 02 PhD Grants Administrator, National Park Service, Cultural Resource Office
  • Amy Wood 02 PhD Assistant Professor, History Department, Illinois State University
  • Robert Arjet 01 PhD Web Designer, School of Public Health, University of Texas at Houston
  • Angela Cotten 01 PhD Assistant Professor, Ethnic/Gender Studies, California State University, Stanislaus
  • Jean Marie Dauplaise 01 PhD Assistant Professor, English and Philosophy, University of Wisconsin, Stout
  • Michael Kilburn 01 PhD Assistant Professor, Liberal Arts Department, Endicott College
  • Evan Lieberman 01 PhD Assistant Professor, School of Communications, Cleveland State University
  • Michelle Wilkinson 01 PhD Director of Collections, Reginald F. Lewis Museum
  • Ann Marie Baldonado 00 PhD Producer, NPR - WHYY FM Philadelphia, Fresh Air
  • Robin Huff 00 PhD Senior Lecturer, Modern & Classical Languages, Georgia State University
  • Brett Pyper 00 PhD Professor, Ethnomusicology, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Patrick Wehner 00 PhD Assistant Professor, Critical Writing, University of Pennsylvania
  • Ellen Arnold 99 PhD Associate Professor, English and Coordinator, Distance Education Certificate and MA in English, Multilcultural and Transnational Literatures, East Carolina University
  • Jack Bass 99 PhD Professor Emeritus, Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Charleston and Citadel Fellow
  • Kai Issa-Jackson 99 PhD Thurman Papers Project, Morehouse College
  • Stacy Morgan 99 PhD Associate Professor, American Studies, University of Alabama
  • Kerry Soper 99 PhD Associate Professor, Humanities, Classics and Comparative Literature and Director of American Studies, Brigham Young University
  • Sara Warner 99 PhD Adjunct Professor, International Affairs Program, Florida State Univresity and Historian/Researcher in Litigation of Waterfront Property Boundary Disputes, Florida Department of  Environmental Protection, Bureau of Surveying and Mapping
  • Gregory Gray 98 PhD Dean of the Chapel, Tuskegee Unibersity
  • Judy Larson 98 PhD Director of Reynolds Gallery, Westmont College (Santa Barbara)
  • Kim Loudermilk 97 PhD Senior Associate Dean, Administration, Emory University
  • Derek Williams 97 PhD Assistant Professor, Humanities, Florida A & M University
  • Rainier Spencer 97 PhD Professor and director, Afro-American Studies Program, University of Nevada-Las Vegas
  • Michael Tinkler 97 PhD Associate Professor, Art History, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • Tanya Augsburg 96 PhD Assistant Professor of Liberal Studies, San Francisco State Univeristy
  • Brenda Young 96 PhD Assistant Professor, English Department, Georgia Perimeter College
  • Jianli Zhao 96 PhD Project Director, Emory College of Medicine
  • Sally Alvarez 95 PhD Director of Labor Programs in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Extension Division, Cornell University
  • Josephine Bradley 95 PhD Professor, African American Studies, Clark Atlanta University
  • Lisa Pertillar Brevard 95 PhD Professor, Humanities, Walden University
  • Amalia Amaki 94 PhD Professor, Art Department, University of Alabama
  • Vita Goler 94 PhD Associate Professor, Theatre Department, Spelman University
  • Laurel Kearns 94 PhD Associate Professor, Sociology of Religion and Environmental Studies, Theological School and Graduate Division of Religion, Drew University
  • Debra Walker King 94 PhD Professor, English, University of Florida
  • Bridgitte Manteuffel 94 PhD Vice President in The Public Health Division, ICF Macro
  • Akua McDaniel 94 PhD Associate Professor, Art Department, Spelman University
  • Iris Rafi 94 PhD Assistant Professor, English Department, Atlanta Metropolitan College
  • Priscilla Echols 93 PhD Associate Dean, Undergraduate Education, Emory University
  • Rebecca Sharpless 93 PhD Associate Professor, History, Texas Christian University
  • Leah Creque Harris 91 PhD Assistant Professor, English Department, Morehouse University
  • Virginia Shadron 91 PhD Assistant Dean, Student Progress and Special Programs, Emory Graduate School
  • Dawn Eidelman 90 PhD Co-Founder, Chief Education Officer, Mosaica Education, Inc.
  • Sid Hetzler 90 PhD Founder, Hetzler Brokerage Co
  • Lydia McKinley Floyd 90 PhD Dean of Business School, Florida A & M University
  • Gray Kochlar-Lindgren 90 PhD Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences and Director of the Center for University Studies and Programs, University of Washington, Bothell
  • Claude Pavur 90 PhD Associate Professor, Dept of Modern and Classical Languages, St. Louis University
  • Sandra Flowers 89 PhD Professor, English Department, Clark Atlanta University
  • Stephen Haynes 89 PhD Professor of Religious Studies, Rhodes College
  • Clarissa Myrick-Harris 88 PhD Director, Curriculum Section, UNCF
  • Mark Ledbetter 87 PhD Professor, Philosophy and Religion Dept., The College of St. Rose
  • Nancy Chase 84 PhD Associate Professor of English, Georgia State University
  • Michael Lomax 84 PhD President and CEO, UNCF
  • Sandra Still 84 PhD English and Women's Studies Librarian, Robert W. Woodruff Library, Emory University
  • Rosemary Magee 82 PhD Vice President and University Secretary, Emory University
  • Patrice Gray 81 PhD Professor and Chair of English, Fitchburg State University
  • Bill Fox 79 PhD Senior Vice President Emeritus and Adjunct Professor in the ILA, Emory University
  • Ann Abrams 75 PhD Lecturer
  • Jerry Cullum 75 PhD Editor at Large, ART PAPERS magazine
  • Margaret McFadden 73 PhD Professor Emerita, Women's Studies, Appalachian State University
  • Tim Crimmins 72 PhD Director of the Center for Neighborhood and Metropolitan Studies, Georgia State University
  • Mark Lapping 72 PhD Distinguished University Professor and Executive Director of the Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine
  • Dorsey Deaton 70 PhD Assistant Professor Emeritus, U.S. History, Georgia State and Founder and Owner of Deaton Global
  • Alice Benston 61 PhD Professor, Theatre Studies Department, Emory University
  • Philip Allen 56 PhD Dean Emeritus, Arts and Humanities, University of Maryland System