Director, David M. Rubenstein Scholars Program and Duke LIFE

Sachelle Ford, who grew up in Georgia, brings over a decade of experience in research and curriculum development, assessment, teaching, program coordination and student development to her new role as director of the Rubenstein Scholars and  Duke LIFE (Low Income, First-generation Engagement) Office. Prior to taking this position in January 2020, she most recently served as interim director at the African American Cultural Center (AACC) at N.C. State University.

Dr. Ford has returned to Duke, where she served as lecturing fellow of Duke University’s Thompson Writing Program from 2014-2018. Her courses examined the Black Power movement, the history and culture of African American families, Caribbean literature and contemporary African American literature. She holds a Ph.D. in English from Brown University and a B.A. in English from Emory University, where she was a first-generation, low-income undergraduate student.