Kerry L. Haynie, PhD, Director

Kerry Haynie is a faculty member in Duke’s Political Science and African and African American Studies departments. He is the Director of the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in the Social Sciences, and the Co-Coordinator of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program. Professor Haynie received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and is a specialist on race, ethnicity and gender in politics.  He is the recipient of Duke’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Award (2012), the Duke University and Duke Health System’s Diversity Award (2012), the Samuel DuBois Cook Society Award (2014), and the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring from Duke’s Graduate School (2015).


BetsyBetsy Dessauer, Project Coordinator 

Betsy Dessauer is the Project Coordinator for the Duke Council on Race and Ethnicity (DCORE) and The South Project. Previously, she worked for CARE, the United Nations University, and the Benton Foundation doing research, writing, communications, and development.  More recently she worked at Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering as the Assistant Director for Corporate and Foundation Relations. Dessauer holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Georgia, a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts, and a United Nations Association Graduate Fellowship from George Washington University.  


StacyNicole Robinson, Project ManagerStacyNicole Robinson, Administrative Assistant

StacyNicole Robinson is the Administrative Assistant for the SITPA program and is responsible for coordinating the workshop logistics.  She earned her Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Touro University and her Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She previously served as Project Manager and Executive Assistant to the Institutional President at Miami International University and Department Administrator for the Department of African and African American Studies at Duke.