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Principal Investigator
Alderman Library

Reginald D. Butler [rdb6d@virginia.edu]
Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University
Associate Professor, Corcoran Department of History
Director, The Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies

Reginald D. Butler is Associate Professor in the Corcoran Department of History and Director of the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies at the University of Virginia. Professor Butler’s current teaching and research interests focus on the history of African American culture in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. His forthcoming book, Freedom in this Place: Free African-Americans in Goochland County, Virginia, 1728-1860 (University of Virginia Press), explores African American community formation in Central Virginia. In his role as director of the Woodson Institute, Professor Butler directs the major research projects sponsored by the Institute. He is a member of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation Advisory Board, the Southern Humanities Media Consortium Selection Committee, and the South Atlantic Regional Humanities Center Organizing Committee.

Project Administrator

Mari Ines A. Woodsome [mari@virginia.edu]
B.A., Boston College
Program Administrator, The Carter G. Woodson Institute
for African-American and African Studies

Mari Ines A. Woodsome is the Program Administrator of the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies. She is a 1996 Boston College graduate where she majored in English and Communications. Before her move to Charlottesville, Mari Ines worked as a need-based scholarship coordinator and conference manager for the Horatio Alger Association, a philanthropic organization based in Alexandria, Virginia. Her first job at the University of Virginia was as Operations Manager for the 2002 Virginia Film Festival. In her free time, she is continuing her affiliation with need based scholarship programs as a volunteer for the Ron Brown Scholars Program in Charlottesville.

Center Directors

Scot A. French [saf5g@virginia.edu]
Ph.D., University of Virginia
Assistant Professor
Associate Director, The Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and
African Studies

Scot French is Assistant Professor of African American Studies, Adjunct Assistant Professor of History in the Corcoran Department of History, and Associate Director of the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies at the University of Virginia. Professor French’s current teaching and research interests revolve around the theme of “Race and Place: African-American Life in Post-Emancipation Virginia, 1865-1945.” His book, Remembering Nat Turner: The Rebellious Slave in American Thought (Houghton Mifflin, 2004), probes the connection between perceptions of the past and group identity. In his role as Associate Director of the Woodson Institute, he directs the undergraduate program in African-American and African Studies.

Corey D. B. Walker [cdw6e@virginia.edu]
Ph.D., The College of William and Mary
Assistant Professor, Department of Religious Studies and The Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies

Corey D. B. Walker is Assistant Professor in the Department of Religious Studies with a joint appointment in the African-American and African Studies Programat the University of Virginia. Professor Walker teaches and researches in the areas of Critical Theological Studies, Cultural Studies, Critical Theory, American Studies, and African American Studies (and in various combinations of these). He has published articles on transnational intellectual formation, constructions of African American identity, and the logics of race and nation. He is currently completing a book manuscript entitled "The Freemasonry of the Race": The Politics of Association and the Struggle for Democracy in America.