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Tia Sherèe Gaynor, Taft Professor of Social Justice

Tia Gaynor image The Taft professorship provides a dedicated funding line for research and creative projects, as well as money to augment and redistribute the teaching and service load of the recipient. The Taft Professorship in Social Justice is awarded for a term of three years.

Selection was based upon past scholarly success and the promise of future scholarly and/or creative distinction. A national and international reputation for outstanding scholarly and creative work in por social justice studies – broadly conceived – particularly those drawing on recent and ongoing projects that can be expected to continue into the future, was expected, and delivered.

The Taft Professorship in Social Justice Studies is designed for faculty who have successfully participated in socially- and/or community-engaged social science inquiry; who have demonstrated experience in public-facing, social justice scholarship; and who are prepared to speak in accessible ways to a variety of audiences, both within and outside academia. We are proud to announce that Tia Sherèe Gaynor is the Taft Professor of Social Justice.

Dr. Gaynor is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science, Director of the Center for Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation, and Co-director of The Cincinnati Project at the University of Cincinnati. Her research focuses on the unjust experiences that individuals at the intersection of race, gender identity, and sexual orientation have when interacting with systemic racism and social hierarchy in public administration. She holds a Ph.D. and MPA from the School of Public Affairs and Administration, at Rutgers University – Newark. She received her BA in Psychology from Rutgers University – New Brunswick. Additionally, Dr. Gaynor holds a Diversity Management Certification from the University of Houston’s International Institute for Diversity.

To learn more about Dr. Gaynor, please visit her research profile at https://researchdirectory.uc.edu/p/gaynorte.