Faculty Profiles

Marsha Darling

Special Assistant To the President for Strategic Initiatives
Office of the President

Adjunct Faculty
African, Black, and Caribbean Studies, College of Arts and Sciences

Adjunct Faculty
History, College of Arts and Sciences

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General Information



Ph.D., Duke University (1982)

M.A., Duke University (1975)

B.A., Vassar College (1973)

A.A. w/ Honors, CUNY College of Staten Island (1971)

Licenses and Certifications

Licenses and Certifications

Certificate in Quantitative Methodologies, Newberry Library & Research Center, Chicago, 1975

Professional Experience

Professional Experience


Adelphi University, Professor of History & Interdisciplinary Studies (tenured) and Director, Center for African, Black & Caribbean Studies Programs, 6/03-present; Director, College of Professional and Continuing Studies, Diversity Certificate Program (DCP), 11/20- present; Director, Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Adelphi University Campus Center (TRHT) designation and award from the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U), 2020- present.

Columbia University, Visiting Research Professor, Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health, Mailman School of Public Health, 1/15-8/15 (sabbatical appt).

Peter Lang Publishing, Series Editor for Social Sciences and Humanities, Black Studies and Critical Thinking Book Series, 2010-2016.

The Center for Genetics and Society (CGS), Fellow, 6/12-present; Member a) Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) Working Group, and, b) Human Gene Editing & Social Justice Group, 6/12-present.

New York University, Visiting Research Professor, History Department, 1/07-8/07 (sabbatical appt).

The Institute for Biotechnology and the Human Future (IBHF), Fellow, 2/06-6/10.

Adelphi University, Associate Professor of History and Interdisciplinary Studies & Director, African American & Ethnic Studies Program (tenure track), 1/00-5/03.

Georgetown University, Assistant Professor (tenure track), Women's Studies Program and History Department, 8/96-12/99; Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Faculty Associate, 1998.

Georgetown University, Visiting Associate Professor, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Women's Studies Program and History Department, 8/92-6/96.

University of Maryland at College Park, Visiting Associate Professor, School of Social & Behavioral Sciences, Afro-American Studies Program, 2/93-5/98. Taught large (250 students) African American Culture and History survey courses.

Hood College, Associate Professor (tenure track), Department of History, and Director, African American Studies Program, 9/91-6/92.

University of Maryland at College Park, Faculty Research Associate/Programs Coordinator, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Afro-American Studies Program, 5/90-8/91.

Georgetown University, Visiting Associate Professor, Women's Studies Prog, 1/90-5/92.

National Museum of American History, Smithsonian, Resident Faculty Fellow, 1989.

Center for Women’s Policy Studies, Washington, DC, Research Associate, 1989.

Bangalore University and American Studies Center at Hyderbad, India, Fulbright Professor, 1988. Appointment: Women in International Development.

Hunter College, Visiting Assistant Professor, Women's Studies Program & Department of Black and Puerto Rican Studies, 1/87-6/87.

Wellesley College, Assistant Professor (tenure track), Dept. of Black Studies, 9/82-6/88.

Dana Hall School, Wellesley, MA, Faculty, Summer Institute of Women's Studies, 7/87.

Harvard University, Associate, DuBois Institute for Afro-American Research, 1986-87.

Simmons College, Boston MA, Lecturer, Afro-American Studies Program, 9/86-12/86.

Harvard University, Associate, William E. B. DuBois Institute for Afro-American Research, 1982-83.

Wellesley College, Lecturer, Department of Black Studies, 9/79-8/82.

Solomon Fuller Mental Health Institute, Boston City Hospital, Lecturer, Family Studies and Community Health Program, 3/79-5/79.

Blacksides Films, Researcher for Civil Rights Documentary, Boston, MA, 3/79-8/79.

Harvard University, Teaching Fellow, History Department, 8/78-6/79; Graduate Research Fellow, William E. B. DuBois Institute for Afro-American Research, 8/78-6/79.

Center for the Study of Civil Rights and Race Relations, Graduate Assistant,
Duke University, 9/77-6/78.
Assisted with program implementation of an NEH funded humanities research center in its first year; coordinated visiting scholar's program, assisted in the planning for a national symposium, public relations, and community outreach.

Duke University, Teaching Assistant, Department of History, 9/75-9/76.
Duke University, Teaching Assistant, Oral History Program, Summer, 1974.

Personal Statement

Personal Statement

My plans for the coming year are as follows: I plan to continue the tradition of excellence in instructional teaching that I have established over the course of the twenty years that I have been on the faculty at Adelphi. Fine teaching, including using research findings to improve the pedagogical scope of my classroom instruction, has been and will continue to be the hallmark of my professional contribution to Adelphi. I have established an international reputation in an important scholarly/public policy areas of concern -- the rights of the child in transnational surrogacy agreements; my plans include continuing to pursue speaking engagements and publishing in this important area. I also undertake scholarly investigation and publish in subjects related to African American Studies, bioethics issues re biotechnology and the body, voting rights in the United States, and intersectionality and Women's Studies. 

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