Hooks Faculty Fellows Program
As with visiting scholars, faculty members at the University of Memphis often seek
opportunities to work for uninterrupted periods on manuscripts and other projects. The two basic needs of faculty members involved in scholarly research are funding
and time. Faculty members seeking funding may use grant funds to pay for graduate assistants,
equipment, or other expenses related to their research. The Fellows Program can also facilitate faculty “opting-out” of teaching for a semester
(which would require payment to departments to replace faculty on sabbatical).
Carla Peacher-Ryan is a shareholder in the Memphis law office of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell
& Berkowitz. As the Hooks Institute Corporate Fellow, Peacher-Ryan will work with
the staff over the next six months to build program infrastructure and to better connect
the Institute to non-profit, business and legal communities.
Peacher-Ryan has practiced law for 29 years in the areas of commercial finance and
real estate transactions. She has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in real
estate law, securitization and structured finance law and banking and commercial finance
law since 2007. She was named the 2013 Best Lawyer - Memphis Securitization and Structured
Finance Law and 2012 Memphis Real Estate Law “Lawyer of the Year.”
A 2010 graduate of Leadership Memphis, Peacher-Ryan is committed to community engagement.
She is chair of the Hooks Institute’s Local Advisory Board. She also is on the board
of directors of the Memphis Center City Revenue Finance Corp. and serves as legal
counsel to the Rise Foundation, Community L.I.F.T. and River City Capital Corp.
Beverly Bond, Ph.D., is the Director of African and African American Studies and an Associate Professor
in the History Department at the University of Memphis. Her work focused on African
American women in the nineteenth-century urban south. While in residence, Bond authored
an article on Julia Britton Hooks, grandmother of Benjamin L. Hooks and a talented
musician and teacher. Mrs. Hooks championed social and political rights of African
Americans in post-Reconstruction Memphis.
Earnestine Jenkins, Ph.D., then Assistant Professor in the Department of Art at the University of Memphis, was a fall
2004 Scholar in Residence. Jenkins prepared her dissertation manuscript, "A Kingly
Craft: Manuscripts, Society, and Ideology in 19th-century Ethiopia," for publication.
In 2008, Jenkins, now an Associate Professor, published her dissertation under the
title A Kingly Craft: Art and Leadership in Ethiopia: A Social History of Art and Visual
Culture in Pre-Modern Africa. (University Press of America,® Inc.)