Jeffrey Q. McCune, an associate professor of African and African American studies and of women, gender, and sexuality studies at Washington University in St. Louis, will become the Director of the Frederick Douglass Institute (FDI) on June 1, 2021. 

Until then, Kristin Doughty, associate professor of anthropology and director of the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies (SBAI), will serve as an interim director, according to a UR NewsCenter release from earlier this morning.

McCune is no stranger to UR. From 2006-2007, McCune was a postdoctoral fellow at FDI and held a faculty associate position at SBAI. In the same year, he earned his PhD in performance studies — with a focus on African American studies and gender studies — from Northwestern University.

McCune also holds a bachelor’s in speech/theater and secondary education from Cornell College in Iowa and a masters in communications from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. McCune’s book, Sexual Discretion: Black Masculinity and the Politics of Passing holds awards from both Choice Magazine and the National Communication Association’s Caucus on LGBTQ Concerns and GLBTQ Communication Studies Division.

FDI, which has been on the hunt for a new director since December 2018, was founded in 1986 to promote research of African and African American studies at UR.

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