Profile: Winston Grady-Willis, Ph.D.

Winston Grady-WillisDirector, School of Gender, Race and Nations (SGRN) 


Contact Information:

Parkmill 141



Curriculum Vitae (PDF)



Contemporary Black freedom struggle, Nonviolent direct action, the Black Power movement, and Black feminism



  • Ph.D., United States History, Emory University (1998)
  • M.P.S., Africana Studies, Cornell University (1993)
  • B.A., History, Columbia University (1987)


Dr. Winston Grady-Willis is a professor of Black Studies and Director of the newly formed School of Gender, Race and Nations. He comes to PSU from the Metropolitan State University of Denver where he served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Africana Studies. The principal focus of his research has been the contemporary Black freedom struggle, including nonviolent direct action, the Black Power movement and the reemergence of Black feminism. He is the author of Challenging U.S. Apartheid: Atlanta and Black Struggles for Human Rights, 1960-1977, and co-author of the e-textbook, The Struggle Continues: Historical and Contemporary Issues in Africana Studies.

He earned a BA in history from Columbia, an MPS in Africana Studies from Cornell, and a Ph.D. in history from Emory. Prior to coming to MSU Denver, he was Director of Intercultural Studies and associate professor of American Studies at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York.