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Jelani M. Favors

Professor of History, North Carolina A&T State University

Jelani M. Favors is the Henry E. Frye Distinguished Professor of History at North Carolina A&T State University. He is author of Shelter in a Time of Storm: How Black Colleges Fostered Generations of Leadership and Activism (University of North Carolina Press, 2019). Shelter in a Time of Storm won the 2020 Stone Book Award sponsored by the Museum of African American History in Boston, the 2020 Lillian Smith Book Award sponsored by the University of Georgia Libraries and the Southern Regional Council, and it was one of five finalist for the 2020 Pauli Murray Award sponsored by the African American Intellectual History Society. Dr. Favors's work and research has appeared in several media outlets including The Atlantic, The Chronicle for Higher Education, C-SPAN, The Root, The Point, and The Conversation. He earned his Ph.D. and M.A. from The Ohio State University and he earned a bachelors in history from North Carolina A&T State University. He is a native of Winston-Salem, NC and currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia.


  • 2019–present
    Associate professor, Clayton State University
  • Greensboro, North Carolina, U.S.
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