RSJI Team

 

  • Patricia Williams Lessane, PhD, Executive Director of the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture

  • Dr. Williams Lessane is a cultural anthropologist whose focus areas include Pan African religious identity, Black feminist theory, and representations of Black life in popular culture. She earned a BA in English from Fisk University, a MALS from Dartmouth College, and a PhD in Anthropology from University of Illinois at Chicago. Before joining The College of Charleston, she was a faculty member at Roosevelt University, and a consultant for The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.

 

  • John White, PhD, Dean of the College of Charleston Libraries

  • Dr. White is the Dean of Libraries at the College of Charleston and the Director Emeritus of the Lowcountry Digital Library.  He earned his PhD in History from the University of Florida in 2006. His book, Forging a New Consensus:  White Resistance and Desegregation in South Carolina, 1944-1964, is under contract with the University of South Carolina Press.

 

  • Daron Lee Calhoun, II, Race and Social Justice Initiative Coordinator

  • Daron Lee Calhoun II is a historian on the History of African American Higher Education. In various roles at the College of Charleston, he has assisted with educational outreach and event planning, and serves as a producer and head researcher on a feature length documentary film project with director Julie Dash. He received his BA in African American Studies from Morehouse College and attended the College of Charleston in the graduate History program. He is a community activist and involved in a variety of social justice organizations. He began working with the Race and Social Justice Initiative in May 2016 to facilitate coordinating of speaker events and programming.

 

  • Anahita Modaresi

 

  • Denise Ciccarelli

 

  • Claire Fund

 

  • Bradford Pelletier, RSJI Graduate Assistant

  • Bradford Pelletier was born in Kennebunk, Maine. He is a graduate of the Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, Connecticut.  He received his bachelor’s degree in history and French from Roanoke College and is currently a history master’s candidate at the College of Charleston. Bradford’s thesis examines 19th-century medical perceptions of combat trauma in the wake of the American Civil War. Hoping to continue this research and eventually teach, he is pursuing acceptance to a PhD program next fall.
  • Ebony Venson, RSJI Intern

 

  • Consuela Francis, PhD, Associate Provost of Academic Affairs-Posthumous

  • Conseula’s talents were many.  She was a formidable intellect who could make a hard day shorter and a difficult meeting easier.  There was no burden she could not lighten, no path she could not straighten, by applying her unique combination of good humor and keen insight.  Conseula was patient when patience was productive, impatient when action was needful.
  • Conseula first came to the College of Charleston as Assistant Professor of English in 2002.  In 2007, she was appointed Director of the African American Studies Program and played a critical role in the growth of the program and the development of the African American Studies major.
  • Conseula’s scholarly work focused on American and African American literature, with a more recent focus on romance novels and popular fiction.  In 2011, Conseula earned the College’s highest honor as an instructor, the Distinguished Teaching Award.
  • As Associate Provost, Conseula had essential leadership responsibilities for the College’s curriculum and for our complex web of obligations to accreditors and to state and federal agencies.  We are a much better university because of her good work.