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Naa Oyo Kwate (Ph.D., St. John's University) serves as the Associate Director of the Center for Race and Ethnicity.  She assumed this position in Fall 2014. 

Dr. Kwate is Associate Professor in the Department of Human Ecology and Africana Studies. Prior to coming to Rutgers, she was on the faculty of the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. She holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from St. John's University and a B.A. in psychology from Carleton College.

Dr. Kwate's research centers on social determinants of African American health. She has conducted research on racial identity, the effects of racism on health, and neighborhood resource inequalities in African American communities. Her work has been funded by the Department of Defense (Breast Cancer Research Program), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health. 

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Mia Kissil has been the Senior Program Coordinator for the Center for Race and Ethnicity since 2008.  A writer and public relations professional by training, Ms. Kissil oversees all administrative details for the Center's events and projects, and is responsible for creating a welcoming environment where professors from a variety of disciplines, students at all levels of study and the general public can come together to exchange information and knowledge in both formal and informal settings.  Mia holds a BA degree in English from Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina.

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Mia Bay (Yale University, Ph.D.) is a Professor of History at Rutgers University. The Associate Director of the Center for Race and Ethnicity since 2007, Bay became the Director of the CRE in 2011.

A 2010 Alphonse Fletcher Sr. Fellow, and 2009 National Humanities Fellow, Bay is currently completing a study of African-American views on Thomas Jefferson, and a book on the social history of segregated transportation.  A scholarly consultant for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture's Defending Freedom, Defining Freedom:  The Era of Segregation Inaugural Exhibition, Bay is also one of the leaders of the Black Women's Intellectual and Cultural History Collective (B-WHICH)--with Farah Jasmin Griffin and Columbia University, Barbara Savage at the University of Pennsylvania and Martha Jones at the University of Michigan--which will publish an edited volume entitled Towards an Intellectual History of Black Women in 2015.  

Mia Bay's publications include the books Freedom on My Mind:  A History of African Americans, with Documents (co-authored with Deborah Gray White and Waldo Martin, Bedford Books, St. Martins, 2012); To Tell the Truth Freely:  The Life of Ida B. Wells (New York:  Hill & Wang, 2009) and The White Image in the Black Mind:  African American Ideas About White People 1830-1925 (New York:  Oxford University Press, 2000), as well as a variety of book chapters and articles.  They includeL  "From the 'Ladies Car' to the Colored Car:  Black Female Travelers in the Segregated South" in The Culture of Jim Crow:  Rethinking the Segregated South, Stephanie Cole and Natalie Ring, eds., Texas A&M Press, 2012; "Love, Sex, Slavery and Sally Hemmings," in Beyone Slavery:  Overcoming its Sexual and Religious Legacy, edited by Bernardette Brooton (Palgrave, 2010); "Invisible Tethers:  Transportation and Discrimination in the Age of Katrina," in Katrina's Imprint:  Race and Vulnerability in America, Keith Wailoo, Karen O'Neill, Jeffrey Dowd, and Roland Anglin, eds. (Rutgers University Press, 2010); "'If Iola were a Man:' Gender, Jim Crow and Public Protest in the Work of Ida B. Wells," in Becoming Visible:  Women's Presence in Late Nineteenth-Century America, Janet Floyd, Alison Easton, and R.J. Ellis (Rodopi, 2010); "Looking Backward in Order to Go Forward:  Black Women Historians and Black Women's History," in Telling Histories:  Black Women Historians in the Ivory Tower, Deborah Gray White, ed. (University of North Carolina Press, 2008); "In Search of Sally Hemings in the Post-DNA Era," in Reviews in American History 34:4 (December 2006); and "'See Your Declaration Americans!!' Abolitionism, Americanism, and the Revolutionary Tradition in Free Black Politics," in Americanism:  New Perspectives on the History of an Ideal, Michel Kazin and Joseph McCartin, eds. (University of North Carolina Press, 2006).  In addition, Bay recently completed an edited collection of the work of Ida B. Wells entitled The Light of Truth:  The Writings of Anti-Lynching Crusader, which was published by Penguin Books in January, 2015.

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