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Derrick P. Alridge named outstanding young African-American scholar

Derrick P. Alridge, an associate professor of social foundations of education, was named one of 10 outstanding young African-American scholars in the nation by the journal Black Issues in Higher Education.

Alridge’s research focuses on the history and study of the social and educational ideas of African-American intellectuals, educators and social activists, such as W.E.B. Du Bois, Carter G. Woodson, Anna Julia Cooper and Nannie Helen Burroughs.

“Alridge’s ability to bridge generations and to put together ideas that we don’t usually place together such as civil rights and hip-hop is part of his creativity,” says Aaron Gresson, a psychology professor at Penn State University and one of Alridge’s several mentors, in the Black Issues article.