New Assistant Professor Joins the U of A's Africana Studies Program

February 20th, 2015

Dear colleagues, students, and friends,

I am very happy to inform you that Jerome Dotson has accepted our offer to join the University of Arizona's Africana Studies Program as Assistant Professor in the fall 2015. Prof. Dotson is receiving his Ph.D. in History at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He also holds a MA in Afro-American Studies (U of Wisconsin at Madison) and a BA in History (Morehouse College).

Prof. Dotson's dissertation is entitled "Consuming Bodies, Performing Race: Diet and Body Politics in Antebellum America, 1830-1865." His research and teaching interests include: African American Studies; 18th and 19th century U.S.; U.S. South; Gender History; African Diaspora; Food Studies; Folklore; Religious Studies; Music (including hip-hop).

Prof. Dotson will teach the following classes at UA in the fall 2015:
AFAS 207 African American History (1440-1877)
AFAS 220 Introduction to African American Studies

I want to take this opportunity to thank the Africana Studies Search Committee, Africana Studies faculty, staff, Dean's Office, Dean Mary Wildner-Bassett,  Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs Tom Miller, Laura Hunter at the Office of Academic Affairs, Matice Moore at African American Student Affairs,  as well as colleagues from other units, and members of the African American Community Council for their invaluable help with this successful search.

Please join me in welcoming Prof. Dotson to the University of Arizona! 

Best regards,

Alain-Philippe Durand
Director, Africana Studies