Wayne State University

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Our Staff

Walter F. Edwards Ph.D, Director


Born in Guyana, South America, Dr. Edwards earned a BA in English at the University of Guyana. He continued his education in England, earning an MA in Linguistics in English Language Teaching at University of Lancaster, England, and his Ph.D. in Language and Linguistics at University of York, England.

At Wayne State University Dr. Edwards teaches several courses in linguistics. His research interests and publications include Guyanese Creole studies, African American Vernacular English, the sociolinguistics of rap lyrics and language and culture.

Dr. Edwards was formerly Director of the Linguistics program, Assistant and Associate Dean of the Graduate School, Assistant Vice President, Academic Affairs, interim chair of the English Department at WSU. As the Humanities Center Director, Dr. Edwards manages all aspects of the Center's work and chairs the Advisory Board.

Our Team

Ariel Ferguson

Administrative Assistant

Ariel was born and raised in the city of Detroit. She attended Cass Technical High School and graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. Ariel loves to paint cartoon characters and care for houseplants in her free time. Fun fact: Ariel enjoys watching most sports and her favorite meal is chili.

Jacqueline Boswell

Resident Scholars & Brown Bag Colloquium Series Coordinator

Jacqueline Boswell, originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan, is a senior at Wayne State University pursuing a degree in Communications Studies with a focus on Public Relations and Global Studies. In addition to being the Resident Scholars & Brown Bag Colloquium Series coordinator at the Humanities Center, she is the current president of Lean In WSU and a features writer & editor for the publication, Matters Of Fact. Following graduation, Jacqueline would like to pursue a career in media diversity, where she will seek to amplify and celebrate those who have been pushed to the margins of society. In her free time, she enjoys reading and making Spotify playlists.

Cheri Hollie

Student Research Assistant

Cheri Hollieis a senior with a major in Communication Studies and double minors in Public Relations and Law. She joined the humanities center in the fall of 2021. She also the VP of programming for the WSU Public Relations Student Society of America.

Hui Hu

Professional Technician and Webmaster

Hui Hu is a master student at Wayne State University pursuing a degree with Computer Science. She joined the Humanities Center in 2021.