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Donald Earl Collins

Assistant Teaching Professor
Donald Collins

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Office: Humanities Center 313

Curriculum Vitae


Donald Earl Collins is a contributing writer to Al Jazeera English, a freelance writer and historian who has written on the topics of multiculturalism, education reform, race, and the history of African American and American identity for more than twenty years. He has published in The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Salon, NBC News THINK, Times Higher Education, The Guardian, HuffPost, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Seven Scribes, History of Education Quarterly, Teachers College Record, Academe Magazine, Radical Society, and the Journal of Hispanic Higher Education. His publications include narrative profiles and stories, op-eds, book reviews, scholarly articles and feature articles, review entries and book chapters.

Dr. Collins is also the author of Fear of a “Black” America: Multiculturalism and the African American Experience (, 2004), an in-depth response to the conservative movement’s “Culture Wars” on all things “multicultural.” The book is a combination of his personal vignettes with interviews and historical research to create a semi-scholarly, semi-narrative nonfiction story of African Americans and other groups of color coming to grips with their notions of multiculturalism in education and in their everyday lives.

Outside of his work as a writer, Dr. Collins has worked in academia and in the nonprofit world for more than two decades. For more than 14 years, he has served as a non-tenured Associate Professor with University of Maryland Global Campus, along with four years as a Professorial Lecturer of History and American Studies at American University in Washington, DC. He had previously taught as an adjunct professor of African American History and American Education at Carnegie Mellon University, Duquesne University, George Washington University, the University of the District of Columbia and Howard University. For more than four years, Dr. Collins was the Deputy Director of College Access and Success Initiatives with the Center for School and Community Services at Academy for Educational Development (AED – now FHI 360) in Washington, DC and New York City. He previously worked as Assistant Director of the New Voices Fellowship Program at AED, a program for emerging leaders in the social justice field.

Area of Specialization

  • 20th century African American/US history