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Jelani M. Favors

Associate Professor of History, Clayton State University

Jelani M. Favors is an associate professor of history at Clayton 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 Lillian Smith Book Award sponsored by the University of Georgia Libraries and the Southern Regional Council. It was also 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, 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