Academics: Faculty

Dorian Brown 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 equipping students to take their places in the world.

Global Engagement

Listen to the 2014 Ghanian radio interview featuring Drs. Dorian Crosby and Veta Goler.They traveled to Africa with 27 Spelman students on the College's first CIEE sponsored trip to Ghana. The interview aired on May 23, 2014 and was heard throughout the country.

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, political science/international relations. Her research interests include displaced persons, particularly resettled refugee women. She is also interested in the resettlement process of refugees in the U.S. and other countries.

  • 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 328 Forced Migration in and from Africa (Service-Learning Course)
  • First-Year Experience
  • Study Travel Seminar (College Wide)

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.
  • 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.


  • Massara, K. (2010). The Gangs of Omaha: Sudanese Who Fled Their War-Torn Country Face Growing Violence in Their Ranks.


  • Social Justice Development Grant (2014)
  • Gordon-Zeto Center Curriculum Development Grant (2013)
  • Spelman Campus Leadership Initiatives Grant (2008)
  • Nebraska Humanities Council Grant ( 2005)
In the news:

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