Cynthia Hewitt, Documentation Lead

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Cynthia Lucas Hewitt, PhD, is Associate Professor of Sociology, and Faculty of the Sustainability Minor and the African American Studies Program at Morehouse College. Her current research includes the historical and contemporary impact of matrist (particularly the “dual-gender” authority heritage in Ghana) and patriarchal authority structures on social well-being; and labor market outcomes of racial and ethnic inequality in Atlanta, and the United States. Dr. Hewitt is the founding director of the Morehouse Pan-African Global Experience (MPAGE) study abroad, and currently the co-chair of the Pan-African Pedaogy Faculty Development Institute, which organizes the Global Conversations with Ayi Kwei Armah and John Silvanus Wilson, freshman seminar character development initiative. She is engaged in community needs and capacity assessment for social business development, video-assisted research, and other media projects. Dr. Hewitt is also a Kettering Foundation Whisenton Public Scholar.


Aaron Carter-Ényì, Analysis Lead

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Aaron Carter-Ényì, PhD, worked professionally as a performing musician and audio engineer before finding a passion for travel, documentary filmmaking and audio signal processing. He holds a Ph.D. in Music Theory and Cognitive Science from Ohio State University and was a Fulbright Scholar to Nigeria in 2013 to 2014. Current scholarship appears or is forthcoming in Africa (Journal of the International African Institute), Music Theory Online, the Oxford Handbook of Singing and Tonal Aspects of Languages, all published or accepted in 2016. His signal processing algorithm for West African tone languages was awarded first place in a competition help by the Technical Committee on Signal Processing at the 2015 Acoustical Society of America National Meeting. His YouTube channels feature nearly 100 short clips from his fieldwork. The channels have over 1000 subscribers and 450,000 views.


Corrie Claiborne, Sharing Lead

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Corrie Claiborne, PhD, was previously a professor at Auburn University and Claflin University, Corrie Claiborne is currently an Assistant professor of English and American Literature at Morehouse College. She received her undergraduate degree in English from Syracuse University, an M.A. in English from the University of South Carolina, and a doctorate from The Ohio State University. In 2010, she partnered with the Myrtle Beach Museum of Art and the Richland County Library in Columbia, SC to deliver a series of lectures about the similarities between the Quilts of Gee’s Bend, Alabama and the cultural artifacts of the South Carolina Low Country. Her essay "'Decorating the Decorations': Daughters of the Dust and the Aesthetics of the Quilt" will be published by the University of South Carolina Press in a collection honoring the 20th Anniversary of Daughters of the Dust. She is also currently working on an edited collection with Samuel Livingston entitled Framing Gullah Geechee Culture: an Interdisciplinary Approach.


The Students and Faculty of the AUC

ADEPt would not be possible without the students and faculty of the Atlanta University Center (AUC). These are the people who make data collection in the field possible. The Atlanta University Center is the largest consortium of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the United States. One of the groups involved with ADEPt are the students and faculty who participate in our ongoing engagement with Gullah-Geechee communities in South Carolina (the 2015 Gullah-Geechee Study Tour is pictured here).