Faculty and student research is key in the fight to end modern day slavery. Learn about what each professor is bringing to the table.

Dr. Stephen L. Rozman is co-director of the Tougaloo College Institute for the Study of Modern Day Slavery and is Professor of Political Science and Chair of the History and Political Science Department at Tougaloo College.  He has directed many faculty development projects at the college and founded the HBCU Faculty Development Network.  His current research is on contemporary slavery in Brazil.  He is also a member of the national board of Historians Against Slavery (HAS).  He has traveled to many countries around the world and speaks both Spanish and Portuguese. 

Professor Johnnie Mae Maberry is the co-director of the Institute for the study of Modern Day Slavery and Associate Professor of Art at Tougaloo College since 1989. She is a native of Jackson, Mississippi. Her passion for raising awareness of slavery began in 1990 with a series of paintings based on selective WPA Slave Narrative. Her motto “How can they care, if they are unaware” remains a driving force behind her teaching and learning about the many faces of modern day slavery and its connection to historical slavery. Recognized for becoming Mississippi College's first Masters of Fine Arts graduate, Maberry is a prolific artist; committed teacher; and forthright champion of human rights


Dr. Mark J. Ferguson is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Bennett College, Greensboro, NC. USA.  Dr. Ferguson earned his PhD from the University of Alabama, focusing on German and EU politics, democratization, institutional design, civil wars and peace onset, and American politics.  In addition to UA, Dr. Ferguson attended Northwestern State University, Mississippi State University, and the University of Trier (Germany).  Dr. Ferguson has presented his research at prestigious Political Science conferences, APSA, MPSA, and SPSA, in addition to being invited to present his work in Sweden and Hungary.  His work has appeared in several top ranked academic journals: the Journal of Peace Research, ranked 10th in academic journals in the field of Political Science, and in American Journal of Political Science ranked 3rd.  

Dr. Valerie Ann Johnson is Mott Distinguished Professor of Women's Studies and director of Africana Women's Studies at Bennett College. She is the current chair of the North Carolina African American Heritage Commission, a member of the North Carolina Historical Commission, member of the National Register Advisory Committee, and member of the North Carolina Environmental Justice Network Summit Planning Committee. She serves on the board for NC League of Conservation Voters, NARAL Pro-Choice NC and on the Steering Committee for the Anna Julia Cooper Center at Wake Forest University. Dr. Johnson holds a PhD in medical anthropology from UC Berkeley, MA from Clark Atlanta University and BA from Spelman College. Her research, conducted in Costa Rica, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, the Seychelles Islands and the US, and publications center on environmental justice, gender, bioethics, disability, the health of women and girls, and afrofuturism.

Dr. Latoya Brooks is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Bennett College.  She has presented at several national and international conferences on various sexuality topics.  Prior to her career in academia, she worked as a clinician and a sexuality educator for over a decade.  Dr. Brooks’ clinical practice included working with individual with compulsive sexual behaviors, teen pregnancy prevention programs, and gay, lesbian and bisexual youth.  Dr. Brooks has been involved with the Modern Day Slavery Grant as a faculty student mentor and scholar.  Her research interest includes the psychosocial impact of human trafficking, Doulas and increasing Black maternal outcomes, and sexuality education and women on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

 Dr. Brooks holds a Ph.D. in Human Sexuality and a Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work from Widener University. She also holds a Masters Degree in Health Education with an emphasis in Family Life and Sexuality Education from New York University and a Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Howard University. 

Gwendolyn Bookman is an attorney and she has worked in a variety of responsible positions in higher education administration for over forty years.  In addition to her Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree, Bookman completed post-graduate study at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University (MA) in international economics, law and politics. At Bennett, she is the chair of the Department of Political Science and Sociology and an associate professor teaching law- and globally-focused courses.  One of her favorites is a course she designed titled Introduction to Global Studies, which is a core requirement for the minor or certificate in global studies.  Bookman regularly seeks professional development opportunities and she has been the recipient of several grants, including (1) a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute at Harvard University, summer 2017; (2) a UNCF/Mellon Faculty Seminar in Paris, France, summer 2016; and (3) a Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad in Morocco and Tunisia, summer 2011. Her summer seminars at New York University, Faculty Resource Network, generally focus on an international theme.   She has been involved in the Arusha (Tanzania) Sister Cities Committee in Durham (NC) since 2003 and she serves as the committee’s co-chair and as the immediate past president of the Board of Directors.  In addition, she is the chair of the New Cities Committee of Sister Cities of Durham.  Bookman has extensive international travel and a passion for global education.