Our Director

Crystal A. deGregory, Ph.D.
Inaugural Director

Critically acclaimed historian and storyteller Dr. Crystal A. deGregory serves as the inaugural director of the Atwood Institute for Race, Education, and the Democratic Ideal at Kentucky State University, where she is an associate professor in the Department of History. A widely published writer and editor, deGregory’s scholarly research and social commentaries undergird her efforts to initiate critical conversations on equity and inclusion at Kentucky State, across the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and beyond.

A favored public speaker and gifted orator, Dr. deGregory offers myriad expertise on multiple topics including history, culture, race, education, black fraternity and sorority life, and of course, historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). In addition to regularly contributing to HBCUstory.org and The HBCU Digest, her words have appeared in The New York Times, USA Today, The Tennessean, The State Journal, EducationDIVE and Diverse Issues in Higher Education. She has presented to audiences at TEDx, SXSWedu, The New School, the Ford Foundation, Nissan North America, National Institutes of Health, and numerous American colleges and universities.

Known for her collaborative and entrepreneurial leadership, Dr. deGregory serves as the founder and executive editor of HBCUstory. As convener of the HBCUstory Symposium, she has organized two-day meetings of scholarly research and case studies outlining the historic and contemporary value of HBCUs; the symposiums have featured more than 100 presenters to date. She also serves as founding editor-in-chief of The Journal of HBCU Research + Culture, an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal that publishes scholarly articles relating to HBCUs and the HBCU experience.

Dr. deGregory proudly hails from The Bahamas, and is a Phi Beta Kappa alumna of the historic Fisk University. She earned Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in history from Vanderbilt University, and holds a Master of Education degree from Tennessee State University. Among her many professional and civic affiliations is trusteeship for The Kamalamee Organization and National Association for the Preservation of African American History and Culture, Inc. as well as membership with the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.

E: Crystal.deGregory@kysu.edu
P: 502.597.5744
SM: @hbcustorian


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141st Church Anniversary Address
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