Karsonya Wise Whitehead, Ph.D.
- Academic Focus Communication, African American Studies
Karsonya (Kaye) Wise Whitehead, Ph.D., professor of communication and African and American Studies at Loyola, 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. Her research and teaching examine 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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