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Marshall F. Stevenson Jr. Ph.D.

Marshall F. Stevenson, Jr. is Professor of History and former dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Delaware State University (2009-2016).   Born and raised in Dayton, Ohio he received his B. A.  in History from the University of Cincinnati and earned his Master’s and Doctoral degrees in History from the University of Michigan.  He has held several pre-doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships:  Kaiser Foundation Fellow at the Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs at Wayne State University, Lowenstein Fellow from the American Jewish Archives at Hebrew Union College, Cincinnati, Ohio and a Fellow at the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African American and African Studies at the University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA.  Stevenson began his formal teaching career at The Ohio State University and then moved on to both teaching and administration at Dillard University in New Orleans, LA where he was granted tenure as a full professor.

 He has researched and published articles and book chapters on Black-Jewish relations in the United States and was the Director of Dillard University’s National Center for Black-Jewish Relations.  In this capacity he organized yearly national conferences and he gave several keynote presentations related to the subject including the opening of the “Bridges and Boundaries” exhibit at the Muscarelle Museum of Art at William and Mary University in 2000 and the keynote Presentation for the opening plenary of Brandeis University’s 2014 American Studies Conference, “Blacks, Jews and Social Justice in America”.   In 2009 he gave the keynote for the introduction of the Rabin-King Initiative at Morehouse College in Atlanta and was inducted into the Martin Luther King, Jr. Collegium of Scholars. He is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Honor Society and Pi Gamma Mu, the International Honor Society of the Social Sciences. 

During his career, Dr. Stevenson has worked with such notable civil rights activists as James Farmer founder of CORE, Bob Moses of SNCC, Bobby Seale of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense, and prominent and pioneering scholars of the African American experience such as the late John Hope Franklin (From Slavery to Freedom),  Harold Cruse (The Crisis of the Negro Intellectual), and Beverly Guy Sheftall (Sturdy Black Bridges: Vision of Black Women in Literature).

Dr. Stevenson supports a broad array of academic programs and community engagement efforts such as serving as the Delaware State University liaison in assisting with the creation of the Center for African American Heritage as an extension of the Delaware Historical Society which opened in Wilmington, DE in the fall of 2016. He has lectured abroad in Jamaica, Ghana and China, and his most recent publication, “The Global Dimensions of Ideological Conflict: An Assessment for the First Quarter of the 21st Century,” appears as a chapter in Global Societies:  An Introduction, eds. Akwasi Osei & F. Odun Balogun, (Pearson Education, 2018).