Claude Clegg ’89, Lyle V. Jones Distinguished Professor of African American and Diaspora Studies
Claude received his bachelor’s degree in Afro-American studies and political science from UNC and his Ph.D. in history from the University of Michigan. His work focuses on the African diaspora of the Atlantic world, exploring the ways in which people of African descent have created and imagined communities and identities outside Africa. He is currently working on a book tentatively entitled “A President and a People,” which examines the ways African Americans have experienced and interpreted the Obama presidency. Learn more about Claude.
Charlie Cummings, BeAM Makerspace Program Director
Charlie received his bachelor’s degree in art from Berea College in Kentucky and his MFA from the University of Florida. His artworks can be found in notable collections including the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, The Crocker Museum and the Dalai Lama’s personal collection. Over the past five years, Charlie has taught digital fabrication, interdisciplinary collaboration and other art and technology courses at the University of Florida and the College of Central Florida. Learn more about Charlie.
Andrew Reynolds, Professor of Political Science
Andrew Reynolds received his bachelor’s degree from the University of East Anglia, a master’s degree from the University of Cape Town and his Ph.D. from the University of California – San Diego. His research and teaching focus on democratization, constitutional design and electoral politics. He is particularly interested in the presence and impact of minorities and marginalized communities. He has worked as a consultant with numerous foreign governments and international agencies. He has received research awards from the U.S. Institute of Peace, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Agency for International Development and the Ford Foundation. Learn more about Andrew.