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Karsonya Wise Whitehead, Ph.D.

  • Academic Focus Communication, African and African American Studies

Karsonya (Kaye) Wise Whitehead, Ph.D., is a three-time New York Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker, as well as the Founding Executive Director of The Emilie Frances Davis Center for Education, Research, and Culture, and a K-12 Master Teacher in African American History. Dr. Whitehead has received various fellowships and grants, including a 2012 Gilder Lehrman Fellowship in American History and a 2010 NEH Summer Stipend; she is also the 2006 recipient of the Gilder Lehrman Preserve America Maryland History Teacher of the Year Award. At Loyola, she teaches communication and African and African American Studies; her scholarship examines the ways race, class, and gender coalesce in American classrooms as well as in political and social environments. Dr. Whitehead has served as a historical consultant for a series of documentaries on Philadelphia, and has worked with over 1,000 K-12 teachers to train them in how to become culturally responsive teachers in diverse environments.

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