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Dr. F. Erik Brooks is the Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and Director of the Whitney Young Honors Collegium at Kentucky State University. He is also a Professor of Public Administration in the College of Public Service and Leadership Studies at Kentucky State University.
Previously, Dr. Brooks was a Professor and Chair of the Department of African American Studies, the interim Director of the Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center, and the Associate Director of the Centennial Honors College at Western Illinois University. Prior to his tenure to Western Illinois, he taught Political Science and Public Administration at Georgia Southern University. Also while at Georgia Southern University, he served as the Director of the Master of Public Administration Program, Interim Chair of the Department of Political Science, and an Assistant to the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. He has also held adjunct teaching positions at the University of Richmond and Alabama State University.
Dr. Brooks is a renaissance man and a holistic academician, having served on both the academic and student affairs sides of academia. Dr. Brooks has held administrative positions in student affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University from and Alabama State University. He is a prolific author. His 12th and latest book is titled, African Americans and the U.S. Presidents: Politics and Policies from Washington to Trump. Dr. Brooks has written extensively in the areas of African American history, public administration, and American politics with his work appearing in scholarly journals, encyclopedias, academic guides, and books. Dr. Brooks is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. When not working, he enjoys watching sports, traveling to sporting events, and traveling to Civil War and Civil Rights museums. He is originally from Montgomery, Alabama.
Dr. Brooks earned a Doctor of Philosophy from the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University. He holds three Master’s degrees. He earned a Master of Science in Counseling and Human Development from Troy University, a Master of Public Administration from Auburn University Montgomery, and a Master of Education from Alabama State University. Dr. Brooks earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Art from Troy University.
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