Director of Duke LIFE and David M. Rubenstein Scholars

Sachelle Ford 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 Duke LIFE (Low Income, First-generation Engagement) Office. She most recently held the position of interim director at the African American Cultural Center (AACC) at N.C. State University.

Dr. Ford is actually returning 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.