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Joanne M. Braxton, Ph.D. serves as Frances L. and Edwin L. Cummings Professor of English and the Humanities at the College of William and Mary. Braxton is also adjunct Professor of Family and Community Medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School, where she co-teaches CMEs and Grand Rounds with medical colleagues. With a B.A. in Literature and Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and a Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale University, Braxton has been a senior Fulbright Professor teaching doctoral seminars in African American Literature in Germany, France and Spain. She is the author or editor of several scholarly works, including Black Women Writing Autobiography: A Tradition Within a Tradition, and The Collected Poetry of Paul Laurence Dunbar. As the poet and playwright Jodi Braxton, she has published an abundance of poetry and essays in journals and little magazines, as well as a collection of her own poetry, Sometimes I Think of Maryland, and authored the play, Crossing a Deep River: A Ritual Drama in Three Movements. With an M.T.S. from the Pacific School of Religion and an M.Div. from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology, Braxton has lectured on trauma and healing in the works of Toni Morrison at the Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, California and accompanied a group of American seminarians on an immersion pilgrimage to Turkey in celebration of the poet Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi, serving as their writing coach and spiritual advisor. Joanne, who is president of the Braxton Institute for Human Sustainability Resiliency and Joy, a non-profit founded with a group of her former students, has also had experience leading chaplains and clergy in developing narrative and liturgical skills for addressing the needs of returning veterans in collaboration with the Soul Repair Center at Brite Divinity School in Ft. Worth, Texas. Braxton has recently been appointed 2016-17 David M. Larson Fellow in Spirituality and Health at the United States Library of Congress John W. Kluge Center for her project “Religion, Spirituality and Health in the African American Experience.” She is married and the mother of one adult child.





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