Faculty Name

Dorian Brown Crosby, Ph.D.


Associate Professor


Political Science



Office Location

Giles Hall 218


Ph.D., Clark Atlanta University
M.A., University of Delaware
B.A., Spelman College


Dr. Crosby is a teacher and scholar-activist dedicated to bridging cultures through education. Her global and local activities infuse her teaching and research. She is committed to equipping students to take their places in the world.


Listen to the 2014 Ghanian radio interview featuring Drs. Dorian Crosby and Veta Goler. They traveled to Africa with 27 Spelman students on the College's first CIEE sponsored trip to Ghana. The interview aired on May 23, 2014 and was heard throughout the country.

Dr. Crosby's TV interview with Steve Goodman (Higher Education Today)

Massara, K. (2010). The Gangs of Omaha: Sudanese Who Fled Their War-Torn Country Face Growing Violence in Their Ranks.

Social Justice Development Grant (2014)

Gordon-Zeto Center Curriculum Development Grant (2013)

Spelman Campus Leadership Initiatives Grant (2008)

Nebraska Humanities Council Grant ( 2005)

Courses Taught

PSC 190 Introduction to Political Science

PSC 201 National Government in the U.S.

PSC 202 State and Local Government

PSC 312 Public Administration and Public Policy

PSC 322 Legislative Process

PSC 328 Forced Migration in and from Africa (Service-Learning Course)

First-Year Experience

Study Travel Seminar (College Wide)


Dr. Crosby has written and contributed to numerous publications on displaced persons, resettled refugees and her pedagogical approach.

Crosby, D. B. (2020). Somalis in the Neo-South: African Immigration, Politics and Race.

Crosby, Dorian Brown. “Researching the Political and Civic Engagement of Somali Refugees in the U.S. South Using Semi-Structured Interviews.” SAGE Research Methods Cases, 2019.

Brown Crosby, Dorian, Melvinia Turner King, Marionette Holmes, Charles Moses, and Willie Rockward. “Deliberating Politics and the Economy: Perspectives of African American College Students.” 2018. The National Political Science Review 19, no. 1: 122-143.

Brown Crosby, Dorian, and Shenita R. Brazelton. "The Disadvantages of African American and Somali Men in the U.S. Criminal Justice System." Spectrum: A Journal on Black Men 6, no. 1 (2017): 99-120.

Crosby, Dorian Brown and Janita Heslup Bah. 2017. “Affirmative Action."

Crosby, Dorian Brown. Refugees of Color: Starting the Conversation.” The Journal of Race and Policy 12, no. 2 (Fall/Winter): 39-50.

Crosby, D. B. (2012). Meeting the Challenge: Teaching Sensitive Subject Matter. The Journal of Effective Teaching, 12(2), 93-104.

Crosby, D. B. (2009). The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “Atlanta: Somali Crisis Not Far for Clarkston.” 

Crosby, D. B. (2008). Resettled Somali women in Georgia and changing gender roles. Bildhaan: An International Journal of Somali Studies, 6(1), 9.