Welcoming our 2020-2021 MLK Visiting Professors & Scholars

Welcoming our 2020-2021 MLK Visiting Professors & Scholars

Come meet our distinguished new colleagues!

L to R: Charles Senteio, Thomas Searles, Patricia Saulis, Moya Bailey, Jamie Macbeth, Luis Gilberto Murillo-Urrutia, Benjamin Mcdonald

Wednesday, September 16 @ 12:00pm EST

Zoom link provided upon registration

Since 1991, the MIT MLK Visiting Professors and Scholars program has committed to honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by increasing the presence of underrepresented minority scholars at MIT. For Academic Year 2020-2021, MIT is hosting seven accomplished scholars representing different areas of interest from all over the United States and Canada.


Though we wish we could welcome our scholars with a gathering of colleagues (and a meal!), we will still be introducing them to our community the 2020 way – via zoom lunch hour.


Join us in welcoming the 2020-2021 cohort to our virtual campus!


  • Moya Bailey is an assistant professor at Northeastern University in the Department of Cultures, Societies, and Global Studies and in the program in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • Jamie Macbeth joins the program for another year in MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) as a valuable member of the Genesis group, a research team mainly focused on building computer systems and computational models of human intelligence based on humans’ capability for understanding natural language.
  • Ben McDonald is returning for a second year as a postdoc in the Department of Chemistry. His research focuses on developing designer polymers for chemical warfare-responsive membranes and surfactants to control the function of dynamic, complex soft colloids. 
  • Luis Gilberto Murillo-Urrutia, a research fellow hosted by the Environmental Solutions Initiative (ESI), joins us from the Center for Latin America and Latino Studies at American University.
  • Thomas Searles, recently promoted to associate professor with tenure, is visiting from the Department of Physics at Howard University. 
  • Charles Senteio joins the program from Rutgers University School of Communication and Information, where he is an assistant professor in library and information science.
  • Patricia Saulis is Wolastoqey (Maliseet) from Wolastoq Negotkuk (Tobique First Nation in New Brunswick, Canada). As an MLK Visiting Scholar, Saulis will collaborate with her faculty host, Professor James Paradis from Comparative Media Studies/Writing, on a course titled, “Transmedia Art, Extraction and Environmental Justice” and engage with MIT Center for Environmental Health Sciences on their EPA Superfund-related work in the Northeastern United States.


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