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William T. Hoston is professor of political science at Prairie View A&M University. Prior to joining PVAMU, he held professorships at the University of Houston-Clear Lake (UHCL) and Wichita State University (WSU). He spent over a decade at UHCL, where he was an associate professor and chair of the political science program.  At PVAMU, he has served in the administrative roles of associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences and director of the Mellon Center for Faculty Excellence. He is the author or editor of eight academic books. Dr. Hoston's book Toxic Silence, which examined the deaths of Black trans women, won the 2019 Lambda Literary Award in the ‘LGBTQ Studies’ category. In 2024, he authored the monograph, The Fight for Black Liberation, which presents a political critique of the current state of Black America in the post-Trump era.

Will Guzmán is an assistant vice chancellor of International Affairs and Community Engagement at North Carolina Central University in Durham. A Florida A&M University alumnus, he is the inaugural Texas Tech University Press Afro-Texans series editor, granted a National Humanities Center fellowship, and won the C. Calvin Smith book prize for Civil Rights in the Texas Borderlands. He writes on African American history after 1865 and Afro-Puerto Rican history after 1873. In 2023, he co-edited Maceo C. Dailey’s Emmett J. Scott: Power Broker of the Tuskegee Machine

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~Provost Emerita E. Joahanne Thomas-Smith

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