Faculty Advisory Committee

The Hooks Institute Faculty Advisory Committee was created in March 2008. It is tasked with overseeing the design, implementation, and evaluation of numerous programs operated through or sponsored by the Institute.

Faculty advisory board members

Michael Duke, PhDMichael Duke, PhD
Associate Professor | Department of Anthropology

Dr. Michael Duke is a Social/Medical Anthropologist ( The University of Texas at Austin, 1996) with over twenty years of experience carry out social research focused on the intersection of labor, substance abuse, migration, gender and masculinity, sexuality, and mental health, particularly among Latin American and Pacific Islander immigrant populations. He is a nationally recognized expert on qualitative and mixed method research, particularly with hard to reach populations. Duke has written and lectured extensively on this topic


Maryann ErighaMaryann Erigha, PhD
Assistant Professor | Department of Sociology

Dr. Maryann Erigha received her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 2014 and B.A. in Sociology and Computer Applications from the University of Notre Dame in 2007. Her research and teaching intersect media and digital sociology, race/ethnicity, and social inequality. Her research seeks to understand how the mainstream media and its organizations shape inequality and conversely how marginalized groups respond to inequities in the media.


John Evans, PhDJohn Evans, PhD
Head of Systems Department | University Libraries

Dr. John Evans joined the faculty of the University Libraries in 1980 and has served a wide range of roles and responsibilities over the years. In 2008, his leadership roles in library information systems expanded to include that of coordinator of University Libraries Digital Repository (ULDR), which launched in 2010. Beginning in 2012, partnering with the Hooks Institute, Evans pursued technical development, focusing on software and hardware implementation within the framework of archival administration and professional standards for the Benjamin L. Hooks Papers Digitization Project. In 2017, Evans received a Hooks Institute award for his work on the project.


Rhema Fuller, PhDRhema Fuller, PhD
Assistant Professor | Department of Sport & Leisure Management

Dr. Rhema Fuller is an Assistant Professor of Sport and Leisure Management in the Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality and Resort Management at the University of Memphis. Dr. Fuller earned a B.S. in Finance from the University of Connecticut, and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Sport Management from the University of Connecticut. His research interests include the intersection of diversity (e.g., race and ethnicity), sport-based civic initiatives, higher education, and intercollegiate athletics.


Aram Goudsouzian, PhDAram G. Goudsouzian, PhD
Department Chair | Department of History

Dr. Aram Goudsouzian is Professor and Chair of the Department of History. His research is in 20th century American history, with a particular focus on race, politics, and culture. His books include Down to the Crossroads: Civil Rights, Black Power, and the Meredith March Against Fear (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2014); King of the Court: Bill Russell and the Basketball Revolution (University of California, 2010); and Sidney Poitier: Man, Actor, Icon (University of North Carolina, 2004).


Eric Groenendyk, PhDEric Groenendyk, PhD
Associate Professor  | Department of Political Science

Dr. Eric Groenendyk teaches courses on American Government, Public Opinion, Political Behavior, Parties and Elections, Statistics, and Research Methods. His research examines the motivations that underlie citizens' political behavior. This has led him to do work on party identification, emotions, and motivated reasoning. His book, Competing Motives in the Partisan Mind, received Honorable Mention for the Robert E. Lane Award in 2014. Groenendyk authored one of the 2016 Hooks Policy Papers, "Ideology and Division: How We Got Here, How Do We Get Back? The Search for Unity."


Earnestine Jenkins, PhDEarnestine Jenkins, PhD 
Associate Professor | Department of Art

Dr. Earnestine Jenkins is a full professor in the Department of Art. Her research and teaching interests focus on the American, African American, and African Diaspora experience, investigated through the lens of history, the fine arts, art history, and cultural studies. Jenkins conducts interdisciplinary, comparative research that encompasses critical race studies; gender studies; Black photography and photographic cultures; Blacks in Britain; the visual culture of the urban south, and 19th - early 20th-century Ethiopian art history. Jenkins serves as a historical consultant for the Hooks Institute documentary film about Ida B. Wells.


Laura Marks, PhDLaura Reid Marks, PhD
Assistant Professor | Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Research

Dr. Laura Marks received her doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from Purdue University and completed a pre-doctoral internship at Arizona State University Counseling Services. She is the director of the G.R.O.W.T.H. (Global Research On Working To Ameliorate Health Disparities) Research Team. Her research is focused on microaggressions and understanding the ways in which microaggressions negatively influence mental and physical health, health behaviors, and career development in marginalized groups. Dr. Marks is originally from Jamaica.


Albert Okunade, PhDAlbert Okunade, PhD
Professor | Department of Economics

Dr. Albert Adelowo Okunade is a 2011-2014 Suzanne Downs-Palmer Professor of Economics and Coordinator of the PhD (Business Administration) Economics Program, in The Fogelman College of Business & Economics (FCBE), at the University of Memphis. Professor Okunade conducts applied econometrics research broadly in healthcare economics, finance and public health policy, labor economics, industrial organization, non-profit higher education financing, and applied microeconomics in general.


Aaron L. Robinson, PhD
Assoc. Professor | Department of Electric & Computer Engineering


Idia Thurston, PhDIdia B. Thurston, PhD
Assistant Professor | Department of Psychology

Dr. Idia Thurston is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Memphis and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at University of Tennessee Health and Science Center/Le Bonheur Children;s Hospital. She is a licensed psychologist with health service provider designation in Tennessee. Dr. Thurston received a PhD in Clinical Psychology (pediatric psychology concentration) from the University of South Florida in 2010. Dr. Thurston directs the Challenging Health Disparities in Adolescents and Nurturing Global Empowerment Lab in the Psychology Department (CHANGE). CHANGE centers on decreasing health disparities among marginalized and underserved youth and families via strength based approaches at local national, and international levels. Specifically, Dr. Thurston's cross-sectional and longitudinal research examines risk and protective factors across intersectional identities of age, religion, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, national origin, and gender.


Terrence Tucker, PhDTerrence Tucker, PhD | Assistant Professor | Department of English

Dr. Terrence Tucker's work focuses on post-1945 African American literature and drama, Twentieth and Twenty-First Century American Literature, and Popular Culture. He is especially interested in representations of black masculinity, notions of community and class, as well as expressions of black militancy and black humor. He is currently finishing his book Furiously Funny: Comic Rage in Late 20th Century African-American Literature.