Peniel E. Joseph, PhD
CSRD Founding Director and Barbara Jordan Chair in Ethics and Political Values
In September 2015, Dr. Joseph received a joint professorship appointment at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and at the History Department in the College of Liberal Arts. Prior to his tenure at the University of Texas, Dr. Joseph was a professor at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. Where there Dr. Joseph also founded the the first Center for the Study of Race and Democracy to promote engaged research and scholarship focused on the ways issues of race and democracy impact the lives of global citizens. For more info about Dr. Joseph visit here
Administrative Associate/Program Coordinator
Asilee joined the CSRD as Administrative Associate/Program Coordinator in February 2016. She manages programs, budget management, graphic design, marketing, and promotion. Asilee manages all aspects of the CSRD’s special events, and supervises the CSRD senior student associates and CSRD volunteers. She also provides administrative support to the CSRD director.
Paul J. Kuhne
Senior Student Associate
Paul is in his second year of the LBJ School’s Global Policy Studies program. He is currently a Graduate Research Fellow for Innovations for Peace and Development, a research organization at UT Austin; and, he is also the GPAC Professional Development Director at the LBJ School. Paul joined the CSRD as a Senior Student Associate in September 2016 and was instrumental in developing the CSRD’s social media presence and the CSRD website. During the 2017-2018 academic year, he serves as the CSRD’s photographer/videographer.
Roosevelt D. Neely
Graduate Research Assistant
Roosevelt Neely is in his second year of the Master of Public Affairs program at the LBJ School and joined the CSRD in September 2017. In his role as Graduate Research Assistant, Roosevelt conducts research, manages implementation, and leads community outreach for CSRD’s projects Civil Rights in Burnt Orange and The New Jim Crow Project, and supports promotion for all CSRD special events. Roosevelt plans to pursue a career in management in the criminal justice system to advance equity by developing solutions that dismantle disparities present between race and class as a result of harmful policies and practices.
Graduate Research Associate
Fahad is currently pursuing graduate studies in Middle Eastern Studies with a focus on Islamic Theology. He earned a bachelors in Economics from Michigan State University and a Masters in Business Taxation from the University of Southern California. Fahad currently does research and outreach public lectures for the Islamic Education and Research Academy (iERA) and works extensively with various Muslim and Non-Muslim communities to broaden understanding of Islam and Muslims in the American milieu. He joined the CSRD as a Graduate Research Assistant in January 2018 and will be contributing to the development of the CSRD’s Civil Rights Burnt Orange Project.
Graduate Research Assistant
Devin, originally from Los Angeles, California, is currently working on his PhD in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. He teaches a course called Sociocultural Influences on Learning in the College of Education at UT, while also working for the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE). Devin earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin, with a double major in Sociology, History and a minor in Women’s studies. He taught English in Korea for 2 years and has traveled to over 30 countries. In April of 2017, Devin was awarded the Global Student Leadership Award by the Diversity Abroad Network for his work in creating equity and access within study abroad. Most recently, he started a non-profit called The WorldWalker Foundation, with a mission of providing financial resources to help Black students have international learning opportunities. Devin joined the CSRD in September 2017 and is currently leading its Civil Rights Burnt Orange Project. Upon completing his degree in May 2018, Devin has plans to become a tenure-track Professor, researching the intersection of race, equity and education.