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Karen Cook Bell, Ph.D. is an associate professor of history at Bowie State University.
Brenda F. Berrian, Ph.D. is a professor emerita of Africana studies at the University of Pittsburgh.
Curwen Best, Ph.D. is a professor of popular culture and literary studies at UWI, Cave Hill.
Vernon W. Boggs, Ph.D. (1939-1955) was an assistant professor of sociology at York College and the Graduate Center, CUNY.
Daphne A. Brooks, Ph.D. is a professor of African American studies, theatre studies, American studies, music, and women's, gender, and sexuality studies at Yale University.
Rae Linda Brown, Ph.D. (1953-2017) was a musicologist, professor, university administrator, and past President of the Society for American Music.
La Marr Jurelle Bruce, Ph.D. is a cultural and literary critic and associate professor of American studies at the University of Maryland.
Kwami Coleman, Ph.D. is a pianist, composer, musicologist, assistant professor at NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, and founding member of the Afro-Latin@ Forum.
Carolyn Cooper, Ph.D. is a Jamaican author, literary scholar, and professor of literary and cultural studies at the UWI, Mona.
Renée Alexander Craft, Ph.D. is an artist, critical ethnographer, and assistant professor of performance and cultural studies at UNC at Chapel Hill.
Angela Davis, Ph.D. is an activist, philosopher, author, and professor emerita at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Pamela E. Foster, M.S.J. is a journalist and Ph.D. research/teaching assistant at Georgia State University.
Nadine George-Graves, Ph.D. is an artist, professor, and Chair of the Department of Dance at Ohio State University.
Ashleigh Gordon, M.M. is the co-founder, artistic director, and violist of Castle of our Skins.
Brenda Dixon Gottschild, Ph.D. is a cultural historian, performer, choreographer, and professor emerita of dance studies at Temple University.
Oliver N. Greene Jr., Ph.D. is an associate professor of music history and ethnomusicology at Georgia State University.
Saidiya Hartman, Ph.D. is a writer, literary scholar, cultural historian, and University Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University.
Natalie Hopkinson, Ph.D. is a writer, ethnographer, cultural scholar, and associate professor of communication, culture, and media studies at Howard University.
Jerma A. Jackson, Ph.D. is an associate professor of history, with a focus on African America life, religion, music, and women's history at UNC Chapel Hill.
Theodore R. Johnson, Ph.D. is a writer, military veteran, adjunct professor of public policy at Georgetown University, and director of the Brennan Center for Justice’s fellows program.
Rev. Alisha Lola Jones, Ph.D. is a performer-scholar, consultant, and assistant professor in the department of folklore and ethnomusicology at Indiana University.
Tammy L. Kernodle, Ph.D. is a professor of musicology at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and the current President of the Society for American Music (2019–21).
Cheryl L. Keyes, Ph.D. is a songwriter, composer, performer, Chair of the Department of African American Studies and professor of ethnomusicology and global jazz studies at UCLA.
Katelina Eccleston (a.k.a. Reggaeton Con La Gata), B.A. is a reggaeton historian, bilingual media consultant and founder of Elumina Media.
George E. Lewis, Ph.D., D.Mus. is a composer, electronic performer, and professor of American music, composition and historical musicology at Columbia University.
Maureen Mahon, Ph.D. is a cultural anthropologist and associate professor of music at New York University.
Portia K. Maultsby, Ph.D. is an ethnomusicologist, professor emerita at Indiana University, and founder of the university's Archives of African American Music and Culture.
Uri McMillan, Ph.D. is a cultural historian, literary critic, performance studies scholar and assistant professor of English, African American studies, and gender studies at UCLA.
Fred Moten, Ph.D. is a cultural theorist, poet, Black studies scholar and professor of performance studies a NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.
Sandra Pouchet Paquet, Ph.D. is a professor emerita of Caribbean literature and African-American literature at the University of Miami.
Reiland Rabaka, Ph.D. is a professor of African, African American, and Caribbean Studies and chair of the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Guthrie P. Ramsey, Jr., Ph.D. is a musicologist, pianist, composer, professor of music at the University of Pennsylvania, and founding editor of Musiqology.com.
Bernice Johnson Reagon, Ph.D. is a song leader, composer, scholar, social activist, and professor emerita of history at The American University.
Terry Rowden, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of film studies, popular culture, literary theory, and African American literature at the City University of New York, Staten Island.
Eileen Southern, Ph.D. (1920-2002) was an American musicologist, researcher, co-founder of The Black Perspective in Music journal, and the first African-American woman tenured in Harvard's Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Katrina Thompson Moore, Ph.D. is an associate professor in the department of history at Saint Louis University specializing in race, gender and popular culture in 19th and 20th Century North America.
Kira Thurman, Ph.D is a classically-trained pianist and assistant professor of Germanic languages, literature and history at the University of Michigan.
Umi Vaughan, Ph.D. is an artist, anthropologist, and an associate professor at California State University, Monterey Bay with a focus on dance, photography and performance of the African Diaspora.
Michael E. Veal, Ph.D. is a musician and professor at Yale University, where he specializes in ethnomusicology and African American music.
DJ Soul Sister a.k.a. Melissa A. Weber, B.A. is a rare groove collector, live DJ, radio programmer, and adjunct professor teaching History of Urban Music at Loyola University New Orleans. Weber also serves as Librarian II and curator of the Hogan Archive of New Orleans Music and New Orleans Jazz with Tulane University Special Collections.