Department of African American Studies Faculty Members Announced As Part of Inaugural "MPower Professors"


It is with great pleasure that we share our very own faculty member, Dr. Joseph B. Richardson, has been announced by the University of Maryland President’s Office as one of eight professors from the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) and University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) to be chosen in the inaugural MPower Professors. This award from the University of Maryland Strategic Partnership: MPowering the State (MPower) recognizes, incentivizes, and fosters collaborations between faculty in Baltimore and College Park.


Dr. RIchardson is one of eight selected exceptional leaders who were carefully chosen from a strong, competitive pool of nominations representing 11 schools and colleges. His selection for this first-ever award exemplifies his commitment to interdisciplinary and interprofessional collaboration, which is at the heart of the MPower strategic partnership. Along with other leaders, Dr. Richardson is helping bridge research and scholarship between institutions to foster innovation that will impact the citizens of Maryland and beyond. He will receive $150,000.00 USD allocated over three years to support supplemental research activities and/or apply to their salary.

Joseph Richardson, PhD, MA, is the Joel and Kim Feller Professor of African American Studies and Anthropology in UMCP's College of Behavioral and Social Sciences and serves as the executive director of the school's Transformative Research and Applied Violence Intervention Lab. Dr. Richardson also is a professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at UMSOM. His research focuses on gun violence, violence and trauma among African American boys and young men, incarceration as a social determinant of health, and parenting for low-income African American male youth. He utilizes the busiest trauma centers in Maryland as his research labs to investigate gun violence, trauma, and the effectiveness of hospital-based violence intervention programs.

University of Maryland - "MPower"

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Dr. Joseph B. Richardson (MPower Professor 2021)