EDUCATOR. AUTHOR. SPEAKER. STRATEGIST.
Dr. Kelisha B. Graves is an executive, educator, scholar, speaker, and author, who has made it her life's mission to inspire transformational learning journeys for all people. She serves as the Chief Research, Education, and Programs Officer at The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change where she leads the strategic development, operational success, digital transformation, and global impact of The King Center’s research, education, and programs unit. She is also a university professor with teaching appointments in both educational leadership and the humanities.
A naturally curious leader who thrives on discovery, Dr. Graves strives to unveil new insights and approaches that drive success in her chosen areas of impact. Her passion for storytelling, higher education teaching and learning, and digital transformation for cultural heritage institutions is noted across her academic and professional work. Her multifaceted knowledge base spans a range of topics, including educational leadership, culturally responsive teaching and learning, African American intellectual history and comparative philosophy, and digital innovation strategies for cultural heritage institutions. She has delivered presentations and keynote lectures to audiences around the world. An avid connoisseur of cultural heritage museums and galleries, she enjoys exploring possibilities at the intersection of the humanities and technology. She remains attuned to emerging technologies and trends in the education and cultural sectors, including advancements in digital media, artificial intelligence (AI), and the use of mixed, virtual, and augmented reality to drive immersive learning.
Dr. Graves holds a doctorate in education with a concentration in higher education. She has authored/co-authored works in the fields of education, African American history, and philosophy. Her book, Nannie Helen Burroughs: A Documentary Portrait of an Early Civil Rights Pioneer, 1900-1959, was published by the University of Notre Dame Press in 2019 and represents the first work of its kind to focus on the intellectual history of the early 20th-century educator and institution-builder, Nannie Helen Burroughs. Her next book project will focus on US-Africa relations at the nexus of higher education and development with an eye toward defining new trajectories for sustainability, shared value, and policymaking. This book project is conceived as a contribution to the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent and its theme: “People of African descent: Recognition, Justice and Development.”
Dr. Graves has been been featured in media outlets such as CNN, the Washington Post, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She has been a member of the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education (AABHE) and the American Association of University Professors (AAUP).
Nannie Helen Burroughs (1879–1961) is just one of the many African American intellectuals whose work has been long excluded from the literary canon. In her time, Burroughs was a celebrated African American (or, in her era, a "race woman") female activist, educator, and intellectual. This book represents a landmark contribution to the African American intellectual historical project by allowing readers to experience Burroughs in her own words. This anthology of her works written between 1900 and 1959 encapsulates Burroughs' work as a theologian, philosopher, activist, educator, intellectual, and evangelist, as well as the myriad of ways that her career resisted definition. Burroughs rubbed elbows with such African American historical icons as W. E. B. DuBois, Booker T. Washington, Anna Julia Cooper, Mary Church Terrell, and Mary McLeod Bethune, and these interactions represent much of the existing, easily available literature on Burroughs' life. This book aims to spark a conversation surrounding Burroughs' life and work by making available her own tracts on God, sin, the intersections of church and society, black womanhood, education, and social justice. Moreover, the volume is an important piece of the growing movement toward excavating African American intellectual and philosophical thought and reformulating the literary canon to bring a diverse array of voices to the table.
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Educational leadership | Digital transformation & innovation for cultural heritage institutions |
Black history & culture | Diversity, equity & inclusion (DEI) | Higher education futures | Comparative philosophy and socio-cultural epistemologies | Black intellectual history |
Inspiring Women | Global education | Historically black colleges and universities relations with Africa (HBCU-Africa relations) | HBCU sustainability | US-Africa relations in the context of education | Educational technology
Dr. Graves provides educational consulting, strategy sessions, and professional development workshops on high-impact teaching strategies and educational technology techniques. She is passionate about working with educators, schools, and universities on designing omnichannel learning pathways that lead to deeply valuable outcomes.
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