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Kesho Scott

Kesho Scott
Associate Professor

She is an internationally renowned Diversity Trainer/Consultant, an Associate Professor of American Studies and Sociology at Grinnell College, and an award-winning writer.  Kesho was a founding member of International Capacity Building Services, a cultural competency training team that specializes in facilitating both “unlearning isms” and Human Rights workshops as well various seminars and training programs that have been successfully adapted for audiences throughout the United States and abroad. In over two decades of developing unlearning racism work, Kesho has led hundreds of professional and community-based workshops; she has been keynote speaker for national conferences as well as a participant on several dozen national and local radio debates, discussions and public service announcements.  Grounded in this extensive experience, Kesho developed an “affirmative duty” technique for facilitating unlearning racism workshops.  It is a method that helps shift participants’ awareness, commitment and skill-set toward being actively and personally anti-racist and anti-sexist, rather than remaining merely passive observers.

Campus Phone: 

(641) 269-4291

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On-Campus Address: 

112 Carnegie Hall
1210 Park St.
Grinnell, IA 50112
United States

Education / Degrees: 

B.A. Sociology, Wayne State University, 1974 M.A. Political Sociology, University of Detroit, 1975 Ph.D. American Studies, University of Iowa, 1988

Courses Taught: 

American Beliefs and Cultural Values; Applied Practicum; Contemporary Sociological Theory; Global Feminism; Introduction to Sociology; Race and Ethnicity in America; Social Movements in the 20th Century; Special Topic: American Masculinities; Special Topic: American Women's Autobiography; Special Topic: Black Women in America; Theory and Methods in American Studies

Primary Academic Interest: 

Unlearning Racism Inside and Outside the Classroom

Academic Interests: 

Black Women in America Multiculturalism in Academia American Beliefs and Cultural Value Special Topics in American Studies: "Ethnic Rights" Special Topics in American Studies: "Fast Foods" Special Topics: "Commercial Culture in a Global Age" Global Feminism Gender in American Culture Black Masculinity: Crisis or Opportunity? Themes of Black Childhood and Youth in America Social Movements in the 20th Century Female Harassment in Ethiopia Race and Ethnicity Gender and Society

Media Mentions: 

The World Cup (of Cyclocross) Comes to Iowa

Iowa Public Radio - September 19, 2016 

Groundbreaking 1968 pageant proved black is beautiful

Molly Vorwerck /  U.S.A. Today / February 15, 2018