Founding Faculty

Core Faculty

Visiting Scholars

Board of Directors



Many individuals have contributed to the success and continuing growth of the Hamer Institute. The founding faculty members are a diverse, multi-racial group of historians and political scientists committed to broadening our society's awareness and understanding of social justice, civil rights, and participatory democracy. All founding faculty members are still involved in annual program activities.

Core faculty members assist in administrative and planning roles when needed, and make significant contributions to the academic content of Hamer Insitute programs. Several have been involved with the Institute since its inception; others have more recently become involved through jointly-sponsored programs.

Visiting scholars include distinguished professors and authors on the southern civil rights and labor movements. The Institute also considers individuals who were active in civil rights reform as scholars, and as such continues to invite them to contribute to Hamer Institute programs through oral history panels and guided tours of historical landmarks. Finally, our visiting scholars include several K-12 school teachers who have completed our intensive summer seminar and now attend our workshops as "master teachers." These individuals facilitate small group work and help program participants discover effective ways to incorporate new material into their lesson plans.

The Hamer Institute's board of directors provides a valuable network for identifying historical, educational, and financial resources to enhance our program offerings. Several board members are experts in their respective fields and often participate as speakers at Hamer Institute events.

Last but not least, our staff handles many of the administrative responsibilities of the Institute, including grant proposal writing, program coordination, and general promotion of Hamer Institute activities.

The Hamer Institute
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The Fannie Lou Hamer National Institute
on Citizenship and Democracy
Jackson State University, Box 17081
1400 J.R. Lynch Street
Jackson, MS 39217