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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.


Zenobia Harper

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.

Visual ArtsAshlyn Pope, MFA
Co-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.


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Co-Associate Director
Assistant Professor, English

Tabitha Lowery is an assistant professor at Coastal Carolina University. Within the English Department, she currently teaches African American literature courses. Her work focuses on recovering alternative representations of early Black authors by examining the cultural values of various kinds of readers and editors from the nineteenth to twenty-first centuries. 


Advisory Board

Orton Bellamy

Mike Chestnut, Myrtle Beach Council Member and Owner, Big Mike's Soulfood

Ron Daise  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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Edurne Beltran de Heredia Carmona
Assistant Professor, Spanish


HistoryMadison Cates
Assistant Professor, History


Tatiana Height
Lecturer, Sustainability and Coastal Resilience


Tiffany Hollis
Assistant Professor, Educational Studies


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Assistant Professor, Philosophy and Religious Studies

Fredanna Durosimi M'Cormack McGough
Associate Dean and Professor, Public Health


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Maggi Morehouse
Burroughs Distinguished Professor of Southern Studies, History


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


Charles Norton 
Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Studies






Assistant Professor, AnthropologyDavid Palmer
Assistant Professor, Anthropology


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Gillian Richards-Greaves
Associate Professor, Anthropology and Geography