Lester Spence receives 50,000 faculty diversity prize

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Lester Spence, an associate professor of political science and africana studies at Johns Hopkins University, will be presented with the Provost’s Prize for Faculty Excellence in Diversity during an awards ceremony in the Glass Pavilion on the Homewood campus on Tuesday.

The prize, established last year, recognizes a full-time faculty member who has made scholarly or creative contributions related to diversity. The award is accompanied by a $50,000 honorarium.

“Lester Spence, a leading scholar of political science, has long taken his scholarship—so important in recognizing inequality across diverse populations—outside the walls of the university,” said Christopher Celenza, vice provost for faculty affairs. “He has helped open Hopkins to the city of Baltimore in a way that is admirable, serving as a challenge to all of us to do better.”