The Joyner Institute enjoys wide collaborations across Coastal Carolina University and the community. Learn more about our director, staff, and advisory board below.
Charles Norton is a linguist, interdisciplinary scholar, and Hip Hop teaching artist from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He holds a PhD in Aesthetics from Université Paris Nanterre and an MA in French & Anthropology from the University of Arizona. Most recently he was a Visiting Professor at Morehouse College. He has also taught full-time at the University of Arizona, Arizona State University, and the University of Paris. Norton’s research investigates human rights and empowerment in global Hip Hop cultures, and he has extensive experience working internationally, including three tours of service with the US Peace Corps (Cameroon, Haiti, and Rwanda) and a stint as a Faculty Research Adviser at the University of Rwanda’s Gikondo campus’s Center for Language Enhancement.
Ashlyn Pope, MFA
Assistant Professor, Ceramics and Studio Art
Ashlyn Pope is an African American sculptural artist of Gullah descent working with ceramics and textiles. She received her BFA from Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia, in Ceramics and Printmaking, and she earned her MFA in Ceramics from Penn State University in 2019. Pope is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Visual Arts at Coastal Carolina University.
Community Outreach Coordinator
A resident of Georgetown, South Carolina, Zenobia Harper is an artist and the founder of the Gullah Preservation Society. She has worked as an Artist in Residence with the South Carolina Arts Commission, and her art is featured in numerous galleries and in many private collections. Growing up Gullah, Harper was gifted with all of the rich foundations that the culture has to offer. Now she’s actively working to preserve it for future generations.
Orton Bellamy, Council Member, Horry County Council
Steven Bleicher, Professor of Visual Art, Coastal Carolina University
Mike Chestnut, Myrtle Beach Council Member and Owner, Big Mike's Soulfood
Ron Daise, Vice President of Creative Education, Brookgreen Gardens and Inaugural Chair of the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission
Veronica Gerald, Director Emeritus of the Joyner Institute
Heather Hodges, Former Executive Director, Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor
Marjorie McIver, Former Whittemore Park Middle School Principal and Community Organizer
Maggi Morehouse, Burroughs Distinguished Professor of Southern Studies, Coastal Carolina University
Assistant Professor, Philosophy and Religious Studies
Assistant Professor, English
Burroughs Distinguished Professor of Southern Studies, History
Assistant Professor, Communication, Media, and Culture
Assistant Professor, Anthropology
Associate Professor, Anthropology and Geography