Dr. Pero Dagbovie

Dr. Pero Dagbovie, Assistant Dean

Dr. Pero Dagbovie, Associate Provost for Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and Dean of the Graduate School
Graduate School and History. NSF AGEP STEM Project Director; Big Ten Academic Alliance SROP Project Director; KCP Future Faculty Fellowship Program Director; Emergency Funding; Graduate Student Recruitment Support
Phone: 517-353-3220

Pero Gaglo Dagbovie is University Distinguished Professor in the Department of History and Associate Dean in the Graduate School at Michigan State University. Dr. Dagbovie’s specific responsibilities in the Graduate School include coordinating the King-Chavez-Parks FFF Program, the TIAA-CREF Ruth Simms Hamilton Graduate Merit Fellowship, the Academic Achievement Graduate Assistantships, and the Emergency Fellowships. He helps advise graduate students active in the Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) Program at MSU, a program that seeks “to improve pathways to the professoriate and success for historically underrepresented minority doctoral students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty in specific STEM disciplines and/or STEM education research fields.” He also works with the Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP). A member of the university’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Steering Committee and Strategic Planning Steering Committee as well as the College of Social Science Dean’s Advisory Board for Diversity and Inclusion, much of his work focuses on planning and implementing the Graduate School’s goals related to diversity and inclusion for graduate students.

He is the author of six books; a historic resource study for the National Park Service; and numerous articles and essays. His most recent book was published by Verso Books in November of 2018. It is entitled: Reclaiming the Black Past: The Use and Misuse of African American History in the Twenty-First Century. A lifetime member of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, he is the Editor of The Journal of African American History, the oldest and leading journal devoted to scholarship on African American history. He is also on the editorial boards of several scholarly journals, including The Journal for the Study of Radicalism, The Journal of Black Studies, Modern American History, and The Michigan Historical Review. Active in public history, he served as a scholar consultant for the permanent exhibit, “And Still We Rise: Our Journey through African American History and Culture,” at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, Michigan. Under the auspices of the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, National Capital Region, and the Organization of American Historians, he served as the principal investigator for the Carter G. Woodson Home, National Historic Site and authored the historic resource study for the Woodson Home. He is currently serving as the "subject matter expert" for the restoration project of the Woodson Home. He has participated in and lead numerous "teaching history" workshops and summer institutes for secondary school history teachers supported by the U.S. Department of Education, the Michigan Department of Education, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Dr. Dagbovie actively mentors graduate students and in the past dozen years, he has served as the advisor of more than 15 graduate students who have earned doctoral degrees and are now working in academia. During the 2018-2019 academic year, he was a member of the Michigan State University Presidential Search Committee and was a Fellow in the Big Ten Alliance Academic Leadership Program. For more than a decade, he has been actively involved in various university diversity and research excellence initiatives. He is currently the Michigan State University National Steering Committee representative for the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society that was founded at Yale University. In April 2019 at the 16th Annual Yale Bouchet Conference on Diversity and Graduate Education, Dagbovie delivered the “Opening Plenary Presentation” that addressed the theme of the 2019 conference.