Dr. Said L. Sewell, a native of Houston, Texas, entered Morehouse College at the age of 16 in 1988 as an early admission scholar. Sewell excelled academically graduating from Morehouse in 1992 with a B.A. in Political Science. Dr. Sewell received his Master of Public Administration in Public Policy from Texas Southern University at the age of 21, becoming the youngest person in the program’s history to complete all requirements for the degree in a year and a half. He continued his academic pursuits in Georgia by earning a Ph.D. in Political Science from Clark Atlanta University in 2000. Sewell has done post-graduate work at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and School of Divinity.
Professor Sewell is an Assistant Provost at Kent State University. Prior to this appoint, Dr. Sewell was the Dean of Undergraduate Studies at Kent State. Professor Sewell is the author of several articles on faith-based initiatives, community and economic development, religion and politics, and juvenile issues. He is currently completing work on two books on his work: Empowering Black Males Students to Greatness (forthcoming) and editor of Let Us Make Man: A Conversation with Black Men on Saving Black Boys (forthcoming). He is co-author of Georgia State Politics, and the editor of two American Government readers: Conflicting Democracy: A Critical Analysis of America’s Political Process and We the People: Reflections on American Politics.
Because of his work as a scholar and an exceptional professor, he has received numerous awards: The University System of Georgia’s African-American Male Initiative Best Practices Leadership Award (2007), The Doris Harris Humanitarian Award from the Tau Epsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (2007), The Visionary Award from the Follow Me Foundation, Inc., and The National Conference of Black Political Scientists’ Teacher of the Year Award for 2004. The University of West Georgia’s Student Government Association awarded Sewell its highest award -- the Dr. Jim Mathis’ Outstanding Faculty Member for 2006-2007 and 2002-2003. The American Political Science Association and the Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society bestowed upon him its 2003 Outstanding Teaching Award in Political Science. Other awards include the 2010 Diverse: Issues in Higher Education—Top 12 Emerging Scholar in America, 2010 Alpha Lambda Delta-National Honor Society for First Year Students, and 2009 Georgia Trend Magazine—Top 40 under 40: Georgia’s Best and Brightest, 2011 University System of Georgia’s Executive Leadership Institute—Scholar, and 2012 Southern Regional Brother of the Year for the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Sewell is active in several professional, civic, and social organizations. He is a Life Member and the former National Chairman of Leadership Development and Citizenship Education Institute in his fraternity—the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the 100 Black Men, and the NAACP.