2017 College Educators Research Fellows

Sharika Crawford, PhD, History, United States Naval Academy

Project Title: “History Lab: Modern Latin America”

Sharika Crawford is an Associate Professor of Latin American history at the United States Naval Academy. Her research focuses on the circum-Caribbean and the experience of Latin Americans of African descent. She enjoys outreach efforts to bridge the gap between K-12 and higher education educators. This has led to opportunities to serve in various positions with the AP College Board. Dr. Crawford is also the recipient of several prestigious national awards and fellowships including a Fulbright U.S Scholarship, a NEW Summer Stipend, and an American Philosophical Society Franklin Grant. She has published in the New West Indian Guide, The Global South, International Journal of Maritime History, and World History Connected. Her current book project, The Last Turtlemen: Labor, Conservation, and Boundary Crossing in the Maritime Caribbean, is a social history of Caribbean mariners involved in the turtle trade.


Lisandra Estevez, PhD, Art History, Winston-Salem State University

Project Title: “Art and Visual Culture of the African Diaspora”

Lisandra Estevez is Assistant Professor of Art History in the Department of Art + Visual Studies at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU). She earned a PhD in Art History from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Her areas of research and scholarship include Latin American and Spanish art (1500-to the present), transatlantic cultural exchanges in pre-modern and modern art history, the history of the print, the history of collecting, and the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL).

At WSSU, Dr. Estevez teaches various courses that include Intro to Art, Art History I and II, and a specialized course on Latin American women artists (1900 to the present). She was awarded a 2017 College Teachers Research Fellowship to develop a new course on the art and visual culture of the African diaspora, with a special focus on Afro-Caribbean, Afro-Latin American, and Afro-Latinx artists.


Baron Tymas, Music, North Carolina Central University

Project Title: “Latin American and Caribbean Music vis à vis Jazz and Guitar Studies”

Baron Tymas is an Associate Professor of Music at North Carolina Central University, where he has taught since 2001. At NCCU, he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in jazz arranging, jazz composition, multimedia applications and guitar. His NCCU jazz combos have earned national recognition in the U.S, both through live performances and recordings. A former music department chair, he continues to perform and teach around the world. Before coming to NCCU, he taught at the University of Richmond, Virginia Commonwealth University and J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College. He earned masters and bachelors degrees from Howard University and is a native of Washington, D.C.

Baron performs music regularly with his own groups and those of others. He is privileged to have performed with many outstanding artists and ensembles, including Branford Marsalis, René Marie, Black Sheep, F.R.E.N.S., the John Brown Jazz Orchestra, the NC Jazz Repertory Orchestra and the NC Symphony Orchestra.

He released three CDs as a leader. His 2017 CD release, Montréal, is a collection of original compositions dedicated to life in that beautiful city, where he spent a large part of 2015 as a Fulbright Research Fellow at Concordia University. The fellowship brought him into contact with Jeri Brown (voice), Charles Ellison (trumpet), Josh Rager (piano), Sage Reynolds (bass) and Jim Doxas (drums), with whom he performed and recorded the project. Baron’s two previous CDs are Insight at Midnight (2009) and Blues for the Tribe (2007). Both these CDs also rely heavily on Baron’s original compositions. Baron has also composed music for television, including the Emmy-winning Bill Moyers Journal. He won a North Carolina Arts Council Jazz Composer Award in 2008.

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