The Joyner Institute enjoys wide collaborations across Coastal Carolina University and the community. Learn more about our director, staff, and advisory board below.
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.
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.
Tabitha Lowery, PhD
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.
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
Edurne Beltran de Heredia Carmona
Assistant Professor, Spanish
Assistant Professor, History
Lecturer, Sustainability and Coastal Resilience
Assistant Professor, Educational Studies
Assistant Professor, Philosophy and Religious Studies
Fredanna Durosimi M'Cormack McGough
Associate Dean and Professor, Public Health
Burroughs Distinguished Professor of Southern Studies, History
Assistant Professor, Communication, Media, and Culture
Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Studies
Assistant Professor, Anthropology
Associate Professor, Anthropology and Geography