Mississippi State University Appoints New Leader of African American Studies Program


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Donald M. Shaffer has been appointed director of the African American studies program at Mississippi State University in Starkville. He has served as interim director for the past year. Dr. Shaffer is an associate professor of English and African American studies at the university. He joined the faculty at Mississippi State in 2008. His research examines the social and historical construction of race in African American and Southern literature, linking authors whose literary works engage racial and identity politics in American culture. In accepting his new position, Dr. Shaffer stated that he...