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Brothers of the Academy: Up and Coming Black Scholars Earning Our Way in…

by Lee Jones

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Where are the black males in higher education? How come so few African American men have obtained Ph.D.s, and their number is declining? Why are they falling further behind the performance of African American women, and society as a whole? Through chapters by twenty-seven black male scholars, this extraordinary book uniquely combines studies of the history and social position of black men in the academy with compelling narratives of how these brothers have progressed in their chosen careers despite the odds. Woven into a purposeful whole, Brothers in the Academy presents three facets of what it means to be a black man in the academy, and demonstrates what black men can and have contributed to the scholarly enterprise. The opening section presents research on race and the academy, and makes a telling contribution to the debate. Its chapters explore such topics as the evolution of desegregation in American education; overlooked data on undergraduate enrollment statistics; the representation of African Americans in college administration; and the relationship of racial identity to educational outcomes. Part two presents ten narratives of brothers who gained Ph.D.'s in a variety of disciplines. The book concludes by showcasing the work of black scholars from disciplines as diverse as Egyptology and psychology. Their work is emblematic of what occurs at the intersection of rigorous scholarship with the intellectual insights and concerns of African American men. This is a book for all leaders and administrators in higher education concerned about issues of diversity and equity. Most importantly, for black educators and community leaders who want to increase participation in higher education; and for students considering personal fulfillment through higher degrees and an academic or professional career, it offers challenges, insight and inspiration.… (more)
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Where are the black males in higher education? How come so few African American men have obtained Ph.D.s, and their number is declining? Why are they falling further behind the performance of African American women, and society as a whole? Through chapters by twenty-seven black male scholars, this extraordinary book uniquely combines studies of the history and social position of black men in the academy with compelling narratives of how these brothers have progressed in their chosen careers despite the odds. Woven into a purposeful whole, Brothers in the Academy presents three facets of what it means to be a black man in the academy, and demonstrates what black men can and have contributed to the scholarly enterprise. The opening section presents research on race and the academy, and makes a telling contribution to the debate. Its chapters explore such topics as the evolution of desegregation in American education; overlooked data on undergraduate enrollment statistics; the representation of African Americans in college administration; and the relationship of racial identity to educational outcomes. Part two presents ten narratives of brothers who gained Ph.D.'s in a variety of disciplines. The book concludes by showcasing the work of black scholars from disciplines as diverse as Egyptology and psychology. Their work is emblematic of what occurs at the intersection of rigorous scholarship with the intellectual insights and concerns of African American men. This is a book for all leaders and administrators in higher education concerned about issues of diversity and equity. Most importantly, for black educators and community leaders who want to increase participation in higher education; and for students considering personal fulfillment through higher degrees and an academic or professional career, it offers challenges, insight and inspiration.

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Through chapters by twenty-seven black male scholars, this extraordinary book uniquely combines studies of the history and social position of black men in the academy with compelling narratives of how these brothers have progressed in their chosen careers despite the odds.

Woven into a purposeful whole, Brothers in the Academy presents three facets of what it means to be a black man in the academy, and demonstrates what black men can and have contributed to the scholarly enterprise.
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