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Michael Fleming Jen Gunderman Doug Howard Mark Allen Jackson Kim Roberts Johnson
Will Leggett Bill Levine Amy Macy Joseph Morgan Rachel Morris
Martha Norkunas Odessa Settles Stephen Shearon Louis Woods  

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Louis Woods, Associate Professor of African-American History (MTSU)

Louis Woods, an Associate Professor of History at Middle Tennessee State University. He received his B.A. degree in Africana Studies, graduating Phi Beta Kappa from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He obtained his M.A. and Ph.D. in African American History from Howard University in the District of Columbia.  Dr. Woods is the author of several articles that include: “The Federal Home Loan Bank Board, Redlining, and the National Proliferation of Racial and Socioeconomic Lending Discrimination, 1921-1950,” Journal of Urban History; Volume 38, Issue 6 (November 2012): 1036-1059; “Virtually ‘No Negro Veteran…Could Get a Loan:’ African-American Veterans, the GI Bill®, and the NAACP’s Relentless Campaign against Residential Segregation, 1914-1960,” Journal of African American History, Volume 98, No. 3 (Summer, 2013): 392-417; and“Can Health Equity Co-Exist with Housing Inequalities? A Contemporary Issue in Historical Context,” Louis Lee Woods II, Mary Shaw-Ridley and Charlotte A. Woods Health Promotion Practice, July 2014, Vol. 15, No. 4: 476-482. Dr. Woods’ research interests also include the multigenerational repercussions of historic federal housing policy on divested communities of color. His research analyzes connections between these discriminatory historical federal housing policies and contemporary racial wealth, health and educational disparities. 

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