Academics: Faculty

Resettled Refugee Women Making a Difference

For more information, contact
Dr. Dorian Brown Crosby
or 404--270-5648

Dorian B. Crosby, Ph.D.

Director of Cultural Orientation, The Gordon-Zeto Center for Global Education
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
350 Spelman Lane, SW
Box 1083
Atlanta, GA 30314

Office Location: Giles Hall, Room 218
Phone: 404-270-5648
Fax: 404-270-5655

Dr. Crosby is a teacher and scholar-activist dedicated to bridging cultures through education. Her global and local activities infuse her teaching and research. She is committed to ensuring her students are thoroughly equipped to take their places in the world.

Ph.D., Clark Atlanta University
M.A., University of Delaware
B.A., Spelman College

Research Interests:
She is generally interested in the areas of forced migration, refugees, international relations and human rights. Her research interests include women refugees, particularly resettled refugee women. She also works with displaced women to support, or create their own women’s organizations.


  • PSC 190 Introduction to Political Science
  • PSC 201 National Government in the U.S.
  • PSC 202 State and Local Government
  • PSC 312 Public Administration and Public Policy
  • PSC 322 Legislative Process
  • PSC 420: Refugees and Forced Migration*
  • First-Year Experience

Recent Publications:

  • Dr. Crosby has written and contributed to numerous publications on displaced persons, resettled refugees and her pedagogical approach.
  • Crosby, D. B. (2012). Meeting the Challenge: Teaching Sensitive Subject Matter. The Journal of Effective Teaching, 12(2), 93-104.
  • Massara, K. (2010). The Gangs of Omaha: Sudanese Who Fled Their War-Torn Country Face Growing Violence in Their Ranks. 
  • Crosby, D. B. (2009). The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “Atlanta: Somali Crisis Not Far for Clarkston.” 
  • Crosby, D. B. (2008). Resettled Somali women in Georgia and changing gender roles. Bildhaan: An International Journal of Somali Studies, 6(1), 9.
  • Forthcoming-Crosby, D. B., Human Rights in the Classroom: An Analysis of the Service Learning Course, Refugee Issues.

Recent Awards:

Dr. Crosby was awarded a Nebraska Humanities Council Grant in 2005 to organize a dialogue between the Sudanese and Omaha communities in Omaha, Neb. This successful forum was covered by National Public Radio, as well as the local TV and print media. As a result, a database connecting Omaha refugee agencies and the Sudanese community was created.

In 2008, Dr. Crosby received a Spelman Campus Leadership Initiatives Grant. She organized and moderated the discussion, which was designed to educate the Spelman community about refugees. It resulted in the first Spelman volunteers to work with metropolitan Atlanta area refugee relief organizations. Dr. Crosby is currently completing a book on refugee curriculum.

In the news:
Dr. Crosby's TV interview with Steve Goodman(HIGHER EDUCATION TODAY)
HIGHER EDUCATION TODAY - Refugees and Universities