Past and Present Cosby Endowed Professors
Aku Kadogo is an international theatre director, choreographer, educator and creative producer of cultural arts projects. This multi-faceted artist directs highly energetic, imaginative theatre works and has produced a number of collaborative inter-disciplinary projects. Her eclectic career has spanned across the United States, Australia, Europe and Asia.
Tananarive Due (pronounced tah-nah-nah-REEVE doo) is a Cosby chair in the humanities. She is a NAACP Image Award winner and an American Book Award-winning author of nine books, ranging from supernatural thrillers to a mystery to a civil rights memoir.
Shirley Franklin, was a Cosby chair in the social sciences. She is the former two-term Atlanta mayor and the current chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Purpose Build Communities.
Alison Bernstein, Ph.D., was a Cosby chair of humanities. She she is the director of the Institute for Women's Leadership at Rutgers University.
M. Jacqui Alexander, Ph.D., was a Cosby chair in the humanities. She is professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Toronto.
Lisa E. Farrington, Ph.D., was a Cosby chair in the humanities. She is an accomplished curator, author, and art historian.
Nawal El Saadawi, Ph.D., was a Cosby chair in the social sciences. She is an Egyptian feminist writer, activist, physician and psychiatrist.
Pearl Cleage, C'71, was a Cosby chair in the humanities and is an Atlanta-based writer.
Patricia McFadden, Ph.D.,was a Cosby chair in the social sciences. She is a sociologist, writer, educator, and publisher from Swaziland.
Renita J. Weems, Ph.D., was a Cosby chair in the humanities. She is a Bible scholar and an ordained elder in the African Methodist Church.
Bernice Johnson Reagon, Ph.D., was a Cosby chair in the fine arts. She is an internationally known producer, composer and recording artist and is the founder and spirit behind the Grammy Award-nominated a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey and the Rock.
Shelia Walker, Ph.D., was a Cosby chair in the humanities 2002 to 2003; chair in the social sciences 2003 to 2004. She is a a cultural anthropologist and filmmaker.
William Darity, Jr., Ph.D., was a Cosby chair in the social sciences. He is an Arts & Sciences professor of public policy, professor of African and African-American studies and economics at Duke Sanford School of Public Policy.
Ayoka Chenzira, Ph.D., was a Cosby chair in the fine arts. She is an award-winning filmmaker and digital media artist.