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Zain Abdullah ( is an associate professor in the department of Religion at Temple University. His research interests include religion and society, Islam in the West, and the formation of global and transnational identities. Abdullah is the author of Black Mecca: The African Muslims of Harlem and he is currently writing a book about Muslim conversion and the Nation of Islam in mid-20th century America. For more information, visit

Quinn Capers, IV, MD, ( is an assistant professor of Clinical Medicine, director of Peripheral Vascular Interventions in the division of Cardiovascular Medicine, and associate dean of Admissions in the College of Medicine at The Ohio State University. He was also awarded the Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Award from Ohio State in 2010 for his work as dean of Admissions and lectures widely to medical students and physicians about racial disparities in healthcare.

Marjorie L. Dorimé-Williams ( is a doctoral student in the department of Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests include access, persistence, and retention of Black students in higher education; university student support programming; and identity intersectionality with a focus on race and class.

Cameron J. Harris ( is a PhD student in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program, associate instructor in the School of Education, and graduate assistant in the Office of the President at Indiana University. His research interests include the experience of Black students in higher education and faculty issues and development.

Floyd W. Hayes, III, ( is a senior lecturer in the department of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University and coordinator of [End Page 205] programs and undergraduate studies in the Center for Africana Studies. His research interests include urban politics and public policy, the politics of jazz, and Black politics and political philosophy. Hayes is the author of numerous book chapters and academic journal articles. He is the editor of A Turbulent Voyage: Readings in African American Studies; and he is working on a book, entitled Domination and Resentment: The Desperate Vision of Richard Wright.

Judson L. Jeffries ( is a professor in the department of African American and African Studies at The Ohio State University. He is also the director of the African American and African Studies Community Extension Center at the university. His research interests include race and politics, homeland security, and public policy. Jeffries earned his PhD in Political Science from the University of Southern California in 1997.

Dina C. Maramba ( is an associate professor of Student Affairs Administration in the College of Community and Public Affairs at the State University of New York, Binghamton. Her research interests include access and success of underserved college student populations; the impact of college environments on students; and equity, diversity, and social justice issues in higher education.

Fred McCall ( is the assistant dean/director of Fraternity, Sorority, and Cooperative Life at Purdue University. He is also a doctoral student in the Higher Education Student Affairs program at Indiana University. McCall’s research interests include multicultural student engagement, mentoring, and diversity in higher education.

Lloyd D. McCarthy ( is a member of the instructions and teaching faculty of the Africana Studies program at North Carolina State University. He is a former policy director in the Office of the Prime Minister, Jamaica, and author of the book In-dependence from Bondage: Claude McKay and Michael Manley: Defying the Ideological Clash and Policy Gaps in African Diaspora Relations (Trenton: Africa World Press, 2007).

Jeffrey Q. McCune, Jr., ( is an assistant professor in the departments of American Studies and Women’s Studies at the University of Maryland. He is presently completing a manuscript, Sexual Discretion: Black Masculinity and the Politics of Passing (University of Chicago Press). His research interests include critical race/gender/sexuality theory, masculinities, [End Page 206] 20th-century African American literature and culture, performance, and popular culture.

Leon McDougle, MD, MPH, ( is an associate professor of Family Medicine and the associate dean of Diversity and Cultural Affairs in the College...


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