Trustees: Celeste Watkins-Hayes, C'96
Celeste Watkins-Hayes, Ph.D., C'96
Associate Professor of Sociology and African American Studies, Northwestern University
Faculty Fellow, Institute for Policy Research, Northwestern University
B.A., Spelman College
Master's and Ph.D., Harvard University
Spelman College Board of Trustees: Elected in 2009
Co-Chair, Faculty Affairs and Educational Policy Committee
City of Residence: Evanston, Illinois
Dr. Celeste Watkins-Hayes is an Associate Professor of sociology and African American Studies at Northwestern University. Her areas of research specialization are urban poverty, social policy, HIV/AIDS, formal organizations (non-profit and government), and race, class, and gender. While at Harvard, she was a Fellow in the Harvard Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality and Social Policy. The program draws on sociology, economics, political science, and public policy to train scholars to develop an interdisciplinary approach to research and to participate in the national debate around issues of social inequality.
Dr Watkins-Hayes is the author of the 2009 book, The New Welfare Bureaucrats: Entanglements of Race, Class, and Policy Reform. She has served as a Visiting Fellow at the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies at the University of California at San Francisco and was awarded a two-year postdoctoral fellowship from the National Science Foundation.
Dr. Watkins-Hayes has been recognized for her professional achievements with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Investigator Award and was featured in articles for Essence magazine, "The New Power Generation" and USA Weekend magazine "Black History Month Celebration: The Next Generation of African-American Achievers." She is a member of the National Advisory Board for the Women's Research and Resource Center at Spelman College and the Power Girls Advisory and Mentoring Council at the Johnnetta B. Cole Global Diversity & Inclusion Institute at Bennett College for Women and sits on the Board of Directors of the Test Positive Aware Network.
Thoughts on why she chose to serve on the Spelman College Board of Trustees: Attending Spelman was one of the best experiences of my life. I was encouraged to dream, to lead, and to serve. It was my Spelman experience that led to me choosing to become a professor. I firmly believe in doing everything that I can to contribute to the institution to ensure that other women have the same, or even better, opportunities to shape the world around them after receiving a Spelman education.