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The Office of the Provost

Celebrating Spelman's Recently Tenured and Promoted Faculty

The Office of the Provost and the entire Spelman College community would like to recognize and congratulate its recently tenured and promoted faculty: Drs. Leyte Winfield, Deanna Kortesky, Kimberly Jackson, Danielle Dickens, Nirajan Dhakal and Dorian Crosby for their excellence in teaching, scholarship and research.

Promoted Faculty 2021: Dorian Brown Crosby

Spelman Professor Dorian Brown Crosby Pens New Book

Dorian Brown Crosby, Ph.D, C'91, assistant professor of political science at Spelman College, is one of the authorities in the field of African Migration, especially of Somali migrants in the United States. 

Since joining the tenure track, Dr. Crosby has penned four peer-reviewed articles and published her first book,  "Somalis in the Neo-South: African Immigration, Politics and Race," in December 2020. Her work chronicles three years of research that she conducted with Somali communities in Clarkston, Georgia and Nashville, Tennessee, and offers a balanced and insightful look at Somalis in the southern United States. Recipient of Spelman's 2017 Vulcan Teaching Award, Dr. Crosby skillfully analyzes Somali political and community engagement, entrepreneurship and discrimination challenges as they settle into their respective communities.


A teacher and scholar-activist dedicated to bridging cultures through education, Dr. Crosby received six grants of $1,500 to $9,000 (five internal) related to her research. She is also the recipient of Spelman's 2017 Vulcan Teaching Award.

What Others Have to say About the Impact of Dr. Crosby's Work

Start of QuoteDr. Crosby’s scholarly approach is methodical, focused, and rigorous.

"Dr. Crosby’s book as breaking ground writing about Somali refugees [and filling] academic gaps on race, gender, religions, and African refugees.”

"Dr. Crosby develops, modifies, and explains culturally sensitive methodological research steps and applies her research toward policy advocacy for bettering conditions for refugee resettlement in the US in general, and for Somalis in particular.End of Quote



Interim Provost Dolores Bradley Brennan, Ph.D.

Dolores Bradley BrennanPresident Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D., has appointed Dr. Dolores Bradley Brennan, who most recently served as vice provost for faculty and associate vice president for academic affairs, as Spelman College's interim provost. Dr. Bradley Brennan came to Spelman in 2001 under a joint appointment with the Yerkes National Primate Research Center of Emory University. A distinguished scholar in visual perception and development, physiological optics and visual system anatomy, Dr. Bradley Brennan has published 22 papers and book chapters on visual development and processing, most recently focusing on identifying effective treatments for childhood visual disorders. She was promoted to full professor at Spelman in 2010, and in 2012 elected to Epsilon of Georgia, the Spelman chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

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Regann M. Anderson
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Office of the Provost
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Atlanta, GA 30314-4399
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