Dr. Katherine Bankole-Medina is Professor of History in the Department of Humanities at Coppin State University in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Bankole-Medina served as Chair of the Department of History in August 2008-August 2009; and from August 2011-June 2013. From 2005 to 2008, she was a tenured Associate Professor of History in the Department of History at West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV. While holding a joint tenure-track faculty appointment, she also served as the administrative Director of the Center for Black Culture and Research from 1996 to 2005; and from 1998 through 2002, she was Coordinator (department chair-equivalent) and Interim-Coordinator of the Africana Studies Program at WVU. In addition, Dr. Bankole-Medina has been employed at several notable research-oriented institutions including: Xavier University of Louisiana (Department of History, New Orleans, LA), the University of Virginia (Luther Porter Jackson Black Culture Center, Charlottesville, VA), and Kean University (Africana Studies, Human Relations Center, Union, NJ).