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Past Faculty Fellows

2011-2012 IUME Faculty Fellows

DAVID WALL RICE was born in Washington, D.C., living elementary school years in Los Angeles and coming of Age in Arlington, Texas, where he calls on a diverse set of experiences in framing his work as an educator, writer and an advocate for social justice. Dr. Rice is currently a professor of psychology at Morehouse College where he leads the Identity Orchestration Research Lab, a strengths-based lab that works to understand and to elicit behavioral bests. This emphasis on positives is an approach that frames David's work beyond the academy. As a trained journalist and research scientist, David writes and speaks extensively on youth culture, music culture, media, politics, psychology and faith. He counts among his greatest achievement his consistent work with and for people from places of affirmation. "I appreciate and respect the access that starting from positive spaces can yield," says Rice. "This doesn't mean that we ignore the negatives, it means that we begin with a positive to get a positive. As a rule we have a problem seeing the pluses unless there are negatives that anchor them." Rice continues, being with the people of Haiti, learning from their strength in the aftermath of the 2010 Earthquake; having a high school student that I worked with while in grad school explain that what we talked about during a difficult time was important to her--now as a physician--that is what it's all about. It's about pushing beyond the film of pathology to empower and to make free." Dr. Rice graduated from Morehouse College with a Bachelor of Arts of degree in Psychology, earned a Masters degree in Journalism from Columbia University, and a Doctorate in Personality Psychology from Howard University. Presently, Dr. Rice is Contributor to the national morning news programs The Takeaway, is Editorial Advisor for The Gordon Commission, and serves as Co-Director of Morehouse's Cinema, Television and Emerging Media Studies (CTEMS) program. Dr. Rice has also provided commentary for major networks, newspapers, magazines, has written peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and is writing his second book for Rowman & Littlefield Publishers entitled, I Ain't No Joke: Identity orchestration through narratives of hip-hop lyricism. Dr. Rice's current research looks at identity and the self within the recast social context of the "Obama Era," and the psychology of strength as informed by study in Israel, Haiti and Ghana. Dr. Rice can be contacted at

Dr. Rice's Colloquia at Teachers College is entitled, "Black Men, Black Boys and Popular Spaces: Identity and Authentic Engagement in the Everyday.

MAISHA T. WINN is a former public elementary school and high school teacher and has worked extensively with youth in urban schools and in out-of-school contexts throughout the United States.  She earned her Masters in Arts in Language, Literacy, and Culture at Stanford University and her doctorate in Language, Literacy, and Culture at the University of California, Berkeley.  During her postdoctoral research fellowship at Teachers College, Columbia University, Maisha conducted an ethnographic study of student poets in New York City. Her ethnography,Writing in Rhythm: Spoken Word Poetry in Urban Classrooms(Teachers College Press), follows the lives of student poets and their teachers from the Power Writers collective in the Bronx.  Winn serves as an advisor to the documentary, “To Be Heard,” about the Power Writers.  She is also the author of an ethno-history of African American readers, writers, and speakers of the Black Arts Movement entitled Black Literate Lives: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives(Routledge).  Most recently, Maisha’s continued work examining youth performing literacy and more specifically the intersection of arts in the lives of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated girls has been published in Girl Time: Literacy, justice, and the school-to-prison pipeline(Teachers College Press). Additionally, her research has been published in numerous journals including Harvard Educational ReviewReview of Research in EducationRace, Ethnicity, and EducationAnthropology and Education Quarterly;Research in the Teaching of EnglishJournal of African American HistoryWritten Communication, and English Education.   Currently Winn is an associate professor in Language, Literacy, and Culture in the Division of Educational Studies where she teaches courses such as “Literacy as a Civil Right,” “Education, Literacy, and the Black Arts Movement,” and “Popular Culture and Literacy” in addition to methods courses for preservice English teachers. 

Dr. Winn can be contacted at

Dr. Rice and Dr. Winn's Faculty Fellow Keynote Presentations at Teachers College