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Keith Wailoo named Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor of History

Keith Wailoo, a professor in the Department of History in New Brunswick and the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research, has been appointed Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor of History after recommendations from a faculty committee, Executive Vice President Philip Furmanski, and President Richard L. McCormick. The professorship was established to honor the legacy of King and his dedication to human rights; it reflects the university’s commitment to the principles of equality, access, and the advancement of scholarship that extends understanding of race-related issues in the United States and throughout the world. Wailoo came to Rutgers in 2001 after nine years at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill. He is an internationally distinguished scholar whose research has explored the intertwined histories of race, medicine, and social change. The board said Wailoo’s penetrating study of the history of 20th-century science has realized the principles to which King dedicated his life.

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