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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
EHFA 275

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.

Visual ArtsAshlyn Pope, MFA
Associate Director
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.

Zenobia Harper
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.


Advisory Board

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


Affiliated Faculty

Richard Aidoo
Professor, Politics

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Assistant Professor, Philosophy and Religious Studies

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Tabitha Lowery
Assistant Professor, English


Maggi Morehouse photo

Maggi Morehouse
Burroughs Distinguished Professor of Southern Studies, History

Communication, Media, and CultureJames Ndone
Assistant Professor, Communication, Media, and Culture


Assistant Professor, AnthropologyDavid Palmer
Assistant Professor, Anthropology


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Gillian Richards-Greaves
Associate Professor, Anthropology and Geography