Steering Committee

Photo of Dr. Anne BaileyAnne C. Bailey
Director, Harriet Tubman Center
Professor, History


Anne C. Bailey is a writer, historian, and a Professor of History at SUNY Binghamton. Bailey is committed to a concept of “living history” in which events of the past are connected to current and contemporary issues.  She is also concerned with the reconciliation of communities after age- old conflicts like slavery, war and genocide.  In her work, she combines the elements of travel, adventure, history, and an understanding of contemporary issues with an accessible style.

For twenty-five years, Bailey has been researching and writing about the public memory of slavery and freedom.  Her first book, African Voices of the Atlantic Slave Trade: Beyond the Silence and the Shame helped pioneer research on the then understudied African perspective of the slave trade. Her second book,  published in 2017 by Cambridge University Press, The Weeping Time: Memory and the Largest Slave Auction in American History, carves out new territory by focus on rarely studied slave auctions in US history. This book is as much about the memory of slavery as it is about the actual auction itself. This story, however, is not only about the past. Modern day descendants have been piecing together their own history and reclaiming their fragmented past. It is a story of weeping, but it is also a story of the resilience of Black families then and now.  Her books have won several awards and reviews of her work  as well as her articles are in wide circulation including  The New York Times 1619 Project,  Perspectives Journal of  the American Historical Association, Newsweek and Publishers Weekly. The substantial interest in her latest book and fruitful discussions with colleagues led to the founding of the Harriet Tubman Center.

Bailey is also committed to sharing her work with the public at various events. Of note, on March 18, 2013, she was invited to speak at the United Nations on the occasion of the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. She shared her research, writing and other professional experiences with NGOs that are affiliated with the United Nations. In so doing, she was able to honor the lives and contributions of enslaved black Americans and others in the African Diaspora.


  • PhD, MA, University of Pennsylvania
  • BA, Harvard University

Research Interests

  • African-American History
  • African Diaspora Studies
  • Public History and Memory
  • African History
  • Caribbean History and Cultures
  • Oral History
  • Civil Rights

Learn more about Anne C. Bailey online

The 1619 Project  by The New York Times Magazine

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Sharon A. Bryant, PhD

Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion/Director, CSTEP/Co-Director, STEP and UBMS programs/Associate Professor, MPH Program; Co-Director; Associate Professor, Master of Public Health (MPH) Program

Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences; Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP); Master of Public Health (MPH) Program


After earning her doctorate in medical sociology, Sharon Bryant spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Gerontology and Health Care Research at Brown University. She conducted research applying the Transtheoretical model to screening mammography. When she finished her postdoc, she worked for two years as a health policy analyst in the Office of Minority Health at the Rhode Island Department of Health.

Bryant was an assistant professor in the Africana Studies Department of Binghamton's Harpur College of Arts and Sciences before transferring to the University's Decker School of Nursing.

She is the project director/co-director of three grant-funded educational programs.

  • The Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program is funded by the New York State Department of Education to increase the number of college students to major in disciplines related to the licensed and STEM professions.
  • The Science and Technology Entry Program is funded by the New York State Department of Education to increase the number of Johnson City School District middle and high school students who attend college and major in disciplines related to licensed and STEM professions.
  • The Upward Bound Math Science Program is a TRIO program funded by the United States Department of Education to encourage Binghamton High School students to attend college and major in STEM disciplines.

In March 2019, Bryant was appointed director of diversity, equity and inclusion for the Decker School of Nursing. She serves on national, community and University communities that address diversity, equity and inclusion.


  • PhD, medical sociology, Yale University
  • MPhil, medical sociology, Yale University
  • MA, medical sociology, Yale University
  • BA, sociology, Howard University

Research Interests

  • Health promotion and disease prevention behaviors of underrepresented populations
  • Intimate partner violence among college students

Teaching Interests

  • Health disparities and vulnerable populations
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Krishnaswami Srihari

Executive Vice Provost for International Education and Global Affairs; Dean; Director

Academic Affairs, Office of the Executive VP and Provost; Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science; Watson Institute for Systems Excellence (WISE)


Distinguished Professor Krishnaswami “Hari” Srihari was appointed dean of the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science at Binghamton University in June 2009. A prolific scientist, Srihari is known as an expert in many diverse aspects of electronics packaging and manufacturing. Over the past seventeen years, he has also pioneered research focused on the use of systems engineering principles in enhancing efficiency in health care delivery.

Srihari joined the faculty of the Watson School in 1988 where he served as chairman of the Department of Systems Science and Industrial Engineering.

He has played a key role in the creation of university-industry partnerships as director of the Watson Institute of Systems Excellence (WISE).

Srihari was appointed executive vice provost for international initiatives and chief global affairs officer for Binghamton University in June 2015.

He has published over 475 technical papers in leading peer-reviewed journals and at conferences, and authored over 1,000 technical reports. Srihari has directed and graduated over 160 MS graduate students and over 40 students at the PhD level.

Srihari has secured over $40 million dollars in external sponsorship. Srihari earned the academic rank of distinguished professor. Granted only by SUNY trustees, it is the highest academic rank possible and is conferred on individuals who have achieved national or international prominence. Srihari was named an IIE Fellow in 2014. He has also been recognized with the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities, the University Award for Excellence in International Education, and APLU’s Michael P. Malone International Leadership Award.


  • BS, University of Madras
  • MS, PhD, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Research Interests

  • Electronic packaging and electronics manufacturing
  • Health care delivery
  • Health systems
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Mohammad T. Khasawneh

Professor; Department Chair; Graduate Director; Professor; Associate Director

Systems Science and Industrial Engineering; Watson Institute for Systems Excellence (WISE)


Mohammad Khasawneh is a Professor in the Department of Systems Science and Industrial Engineering (SSIE) at Binghamton University. He received his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Clemson University, South Carolina, in August 2003, and his B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Jordan University of Science and Technology, Jordan, in 1998 and 2000, respectively.

Khasawneh joined Binghamton University (SUNY) in the Fall of 2003. His research areas of interest are in human factors/ergonomics and modeling of healthcare delivery systems. Before joining the SSIE department, he worked as a graduate teacher of record and research assistant in the Industrial Engineering Department at Clemson University. He also served as manager for the Advanced Technology Systems Laboratory (ATSL) where he was actively involved in various projects funded by the FAA and NASA, with significant focus on improving inspection quality on the hangar floor through the use of advance technology, such as virtual reality and computer-based simulations.

Khasawneh currently serves as Assistant Director for the Watson Institute for Systems Excellence (WISE), an institute for advanced studies at Binghamton University. He also directs research in the Human Factors and Ergonomics Laboratory (HFEL). In the healthcare delivery systems area, through WISE, he has been actively working on applied health systems research since 2003. Since then, he has been leading or co-leading a wide spectrum of projects with multiple U.S. hospital systems, at their site, that focus on applied research projects that can be broadly classified under (a) workflow and process re-design, (b) productivity assessment and capacity planning, (c) strategic planning and future-state analysis, and (d) digital human modeling for ergonomic assessment. Examples of his research include significant amount of work in optimizing the use of OR suites, outpatient scheduling, pre-admission testing, optimizing the deployment of mobile intensive care units, as well as ergonomic study and evaluation of patient handling activities/procedures, to name a few. These efforts have been supported through partnerships with several U.S. hospitals systems, including United Health Services (Binghamton, NY), Upstate University Hospital (SUNY, Syracuse, NY), Virtua Health (Marlton, NJ), Montefiore Medical Center (Yonkers, NY), the Care Management Organization (Yonkers, NY), and the Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN).

Khasawneh's research activities thus far have led to over 25 scholastic publications in various refereed journals (with over 10 more in review), over 75 conference articles that have been presented at national and international conferences, and one patent application and two new invention disclosures. In addition, his sponsored research efforts thus far have resulted in about US$2,153,520 (external sources), US$375,692 (internal sources), and US$39,145,185 in in-kind software grants. His research group currently consists of 8 doctoral students, 5 MS students, and 1 undergraduate student.

Khasawneh is a member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) and the American Society for Quality (ASQ) professional societies, as well as Alpha Pi Mu and Alpha Epsilon Lambda honor societies. He is also currently the faculty advisor for the IIE Student Chapter at Binghamton University.

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Associate Director, Watson Institute for Systems Excellence (WISE)
Director, Healthcare Systems Engineering Center


  • BS, MS, Jordan University of Science and Technology
  • PhD, Clemson University

Research Interests

  • Healthcare delivery systems
  • Human factors engineering/ergonomics
  • Digital human modeling in manufacturing and healthcare


  • University Award for Excellence in International Education, State University of New York (2015-2016)
  • University Award for Outstanding Graduate Director, State University of New York (2014-2015)
  • Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, State University of New York (2010-2011)

Advisory Committee

  • Dr. Mary Frances Berry (preeminent historian at the University of Pennsylvania and former Chairwoman of the US Commission on Civil Rights)
  • Dr. Omowunmi Sadik (Distinguished Professor, New Jersey Institute of Technology)
  • Dr. Keisha Blain (Binghamton University alumna and University of Pittsburgh  historian)
  • Dr. Cynthia Marasigan (Asian and Asian American Studies)
  • Dr. Patricia Lespinasse (Africana Studies)
  • Dr. Joshua Price (Sociology)
  • Dr. Robyn Cope (Romance Languages)
  • Dr. Curtis Kendrick (Dean of Binghamton University Libraries)
  • Dr. Linda Biemer (Binghamton University Council)
  • Dr. Aondover Tarhule (Dean of Graduate School)
  • Dr. Bernice DeGannes Scott (Economist, Spelman College)
  • Dr. Yasmin Hurd (Binghamton alumna and Neuroscientist, Mt. Sinai Hospital)
  • Dr. Lee Williams (Historian, Tennessee State University)
  • Dr.  Michael West (Historian, Penn State)
  • Dr. Hilary Hickling (University of West Indies)

  • Dr. Kent F. Schull (History Chair, Binghamton University)

  • Patt Gunn (CEO @ Underground Tours of Savannah, LLC. and Director of the Gullah Geechee Institute)

..and I prayed to God to make me strong and able to fight, and that’s what I’ve always prayed for ever since.

-Harriett Tubman

Research Assistants

Photo of reseach assistant Morgan RachlinMorgan Rachlin

I graduated from Binghamton University in 2019 with a BS in Integrative Neuroscience and a minor in Africana Studies. I am passionate about educating myself and others regarding disparities present in society. I am interested in the medical field and look forward to bridging these gaps through my future career, as a physician.

Photo of Research Assistant Monet SchultzMone't Schultz

I graduated from Binghamton University in May 2018; where I majored in Sociology, led the Black Student Union, was a member of the Binghamton Speech and Debate Team, as well as participated in other sociopolitical initiatives. My interest in this topic stems from the mantra “the personal is the political”; highlighting and reconciling with the devastating impacts of American Slavery is very important to me, especially when its legacy is echoed through the threads of today’s society. I am currently on my journey to Law School, where I intend to practice Impact Litigation.

Photo of Research Assistant Kelly WuKelly Wu

I am a sophomore at Binghamton University who is interested in Biology and Chemistry. While working with Dr. Bailey on this project, I was thankful to be made aware of the lack of memorials recognizing the history of slave auctions all around the country, in contrast to the plethora of Confederate monuments. Following this enlightening research experience, I hope to expand my skill set and venture into the field of scientific laboratory research.

Affiliate Members

North Nashville Heritage Project

Tennessee State University