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Dr. Darrell Ezell is a social scientist and administrator who serves as the inaugural Director for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology based in Cummings Research Park.  In this role, Dr. Ezell works closely with the senior leadership team and diversity taskforce to implement a diversity action plan and inclusion strategy that supports increasing workforce diversity and introducing persons historically represented in STEM to genomics and biotechnology. Passionate about increasing diversity in STEM, he serves as a member of the Schmidt Futures Task Force on Synthetic Biology and the Bioeconomy.


Prior to joining HudsonAlpha, Darrell served as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean at Claremont Lincoln University in Claremont, California. At Claremont, his tenure included scaling an online educational start-up graduate university, launching the University’s first academic programs, and leading Claremont Lincoln to initial regional accreditation under WASC. He has held previous appointments that range from time in government at the U.S. Department of State (Bureau of International Organization Affairs) to the William J. Clinton Foundation, Interfaith Center of New York, and Interfaith Worker Justice.


His research in global diversity, religion, and foreign relations has led to him holding numerous faculty appointments at Louisiana State University in International Studies, Tulane University in Political Science, and at Shaw University School of Divinity. He is the author of Beyond Cairo: U.S. Engagement with the Muslim World (Palgrave Macmillian).


Passionate about servant leadership, Darrell is a mayoral appointee to Huntsville’s Human Relations Commission, member of Leadership Greater Huntsville Flagship Class L-36, Sigma Pi Phi (The Boule),  Innovate Alabama’s Council on Outdoor Recreation, and past United Nations Global Expert.


Dr. Ezell received his Ph.D. in England from the University of Birmingham  (Great Britain).

Beyond Cairo tackles the problem of U.S. public diplomacy and provides a roadmap for the White House and U.S. Department of State to re-engage the Muslim world over the coming years.  This book explores, the foreign policy challenges experienced by the post-9/11 Bush White House, peace and social justice efforts during the Arab Spring, and attempts put forth by the Obama administration to restore public communication and diplomacy in an era marked by global turmoil.

 "I thoroughly support the concept of this fascinating book, and have to agree that U.S. relations with the Muslim world need to be dramatically improved."

-U.S. Ambassador John W. McDonald

Ret. Chairman and CEO, Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy

"At a time when the American relationship with Islamic peoples is of vital concern to the future of many countries, including the US, and amid great political and social change, Ezell's study of public diplomacy is essential. "

- Scott Lucas, Ph.D.

Professor of International Politics,  The University of Birmingham (U.K.)

"A must read if you want to understand Obama's foreign policy concerning the Muslim world"

-Amazon Customer

CPD Perspectives series, Essays on Faith Diplomacy examines faith diplomacy and its importance to public diplomacy efforts. The publication features an analysis of post-secular discourse between Islamic and non-Islamic worlds, a study of the history of the Catholic Church's global diplomacy and much more. This special addition of CPD Perspectives is the Center's initial contribution to the literature on faith diplomacy.  CPD Perspectives is a periodic publication from the USC Center on Public Diplomacy, and highlights scholarship intended to stimulate critical thinking about the study and practice of public diplomacy.
Chapter 4. Ezell, D. "Enriching Post-secular Discourse in Faith Diplomacy"  in Essays on Faith Diplomacy  

Darrell Ezell

Innovator | Author |  Administrator

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