Advisory Board

Lawrie Balfour
Professor, Woodrow Wilson Department of Politics

A political theorist who studies race, gender, democracy, and literature with a focus on African American political thought. Balfour is especially interested in investigating the relationship between the legacies of slavery and democratic possibilities in the U.S.

Dr. Douglas is Executive Director of the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center and co-chair of the President's Commission on the University in the Age of Segregation.

Dr. Dukes is a mediator and facilitator who founded University & Community Action for Racial Equity (UCARE) addressing UVA’s legacy of white supremacy, led community engagement as a member of the design team for UVA’s Memorial to Enslaved Laborers, served on Charlottesville’s Commission determining the fate of the City’s Confederate statues, and co-leads planning for Central Virginia’s Truth & Transformation Commission.

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Professor and Chair, Corcoran Department of History and the Carter G. Goodson Institute

Harold's research and teaching interests include African American social and cultural history, black-nationalist and Pan-African movements, and labor politics.

Andrew Johnston
Associate Professor, Architectural History and Director of UVA's Program in Historic Preservation

Johnston has served as a supervising architect for the Historic American Engineering Record and as an environmental planner for the California State Department of Transportation.

Louis Nelson
Vice Provost for Academic Outreach and Professor, Architectural History

Nelson is author of Pulpits, Piety, and Power: Anglican Architecture and Material Culture in Colonial South Carolina.

Eto Otitigbe is a polymedia artist who creates sculptures and public installations. He is also the Director of the Turnbull Townhouse Gallery in New York and an Assistant Professor of Sculpture in the Art Department at Brooklyn College. He contributed to the creative expression on the exterior surface of the Memorial to Enslaved Laborers at UVA.