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Robert A. Bennett, III, ( is a PhD candidate in the department of History at The Ohio State University. His research centers on twentieth-century African American history and he is especially interested in the intersections of race, sports, and politics. Bennett is also special assistant to the Associate Provost in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and program coordinator in the Office of International Affairs at Ohio State.

Derrick R. Brooms ( holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Chicago in African and African American Studies and a doctorate in Sociology from Loyola University Chicago. Brooms serves as an assistant professor of Sociology at the University of Louisville, where he teaches race in the United States and social theory. His research investigates representations of African American identity and culture within the media, the educational experiences of African American boys and men, and representations in American culture.

T. Elon Dancy, II ( is a professor of Higher Education at The University of Oklahoma in Norman where he also holds joint appointments in African and African-American Studies, Women and Gender Studies, and the Center for Social Justice. With more than 40 publications to his credit, his research investigates the experiences and sociocognitive outcomes of college students, particularly related to the nexus of race, gender, and culture. Additionally, he is senior editor of the College Student Affairs Journal and his work is currently supported by the National Science Foundation.

Simone C. Drake ( is an assistant professor of African American and African Studies at The Ohio State University. Her research and teaching focus on critical race and gender studies, with particular attention to how geography, culture, and the law are negotiated by Black people throughout the Americas. [End Page 133]

Royel M. Johnson ( is a doctoral student within the department of Education Policy, Organization, & Leadership at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research interests center on two major streams of scholarly inquiry: (a) student access and achievement and (b) the study of inequality and diversity in education. Much of his research attention is devoted to the experiences of historically underrepresented groups in education, with a particular emphasis on the experiences of Black males in college.

Kyle T. Mays (, of Saginaw Chippewa heritage, is a PhD candidate in the History department at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. A transdisciplinary scholar, his general research interests include 20th-century urban history, especially the links between African American and Native American histories; global indigenous gender and sexuality; and race, sport, and popular culture. He is currently working on his dissertation, with the preliminary title, And We Shall Remain: Reclaiming Detroit as an Indigenous Space, 1836-1993, which explores the representations of American Indians, Native American political culture, and the relationship between blackness and indigeneity in 19th- and 20th-century Detroit.

Armon R. Perry ( holds a BSW degree from Alabama State University and a MSW and PhD in Social Work from the University of Alabama. He is currently an assistant professor in the Raymond A. Kent School of Social Work at the University of Louisville. His research interests include fathers' involvement with their children, African American males' contributions to family functioning, and social welfare policy.

Terrell L. Strayhorn ( is an associate professor in the School of Educational Policy and Leadership, senior research associate at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race & Ethnicity, and a faculty affiliate of the departments of African American and African Studies and the Engineering Education Program at The Ohio State University. He is the author of numerous books and articles and his research interests include equity and diversity in higher education; social psychological development of students; college student learning and cognitive development; and race/ethnicity, class, gender, and social identities.

Derrick L. Tillman-Kelly ( is a doctoral student in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program and graduate research associate at The Ohio State University. His research interests focus on the intersections [End Page 134] of social identities—specifically race, sexuality, spirituality, and gender— and...


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