Dr. Bryant T. Marks is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Morehouse College and Director of the Morehouse Male Initiative, whose mission is to identify factors that foster the affirmative personal and academic development Black males. He holds a B.A. in psychology and a minor in economics from Morehouse College, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan. Dr. Marks was an Assistant Professor of psychology and African American Studies at the University of Illinois-Chicago from 2000-2004. In addition to being a faculty member at Morehouse College, he is also a Faculty Associate with the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan.
Dr. Marks teaches courses on the psychology of African American males, statistics, research methods, social psychology, racial identity, intergroup relations, and prejudice & racism. He is currently distributing a set of science manuals with a companion DVD that include modules created by African American college students designed to teach concepts in biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, physics, and psychology. This innovative approach to teaching science is student-centered in that it incorporates the interests and experiences of African American males into each lesson. Participants in the program have reported increased interest in scientific disciplines and have enhanced their overall scientific literacy. Dr. Marks also assists school districts, teachers, and administrators (K-12 and college) with developing best practices for improving the academic achievement of African American males.
Dr. Marks also conducts research that focuses on the impact of racial stereotypes on performance, the psychological impact of the Black College experience (with an emphasis on comparing science and non-science majors), factors related to the retention and graduation rates of Black males in college in the U.S. and abroad, the affirmative personal, leadership and academic achievement of African American males, and innovative practices for teaching males of color. His most publication is a book chapter entitled African American Males at Private Colleges and Universities, to be published in Black Males in Postsecondary Education: Examining their Experiences in Diverse Institutional Contexts.
Dr. Marks has received several teaching awards, serves on numerous national advisory boards (e.g., UNCF, The National Black Male Achievement Study, The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies) and review panels (e.g., The National Science Foundation), has been interviewed by CBS talk radio, Black Enterprise, and The Chicago Tribune, and is a sought-after public speaker. He was included in The Root 100 (a list of one hundred emerging and established African American leaders published by The Root.com, 2009) and served as an expert guest on CNN’s Black in America 3.
Dr. Marks grew up in Queens, New York and attended Mt. Zion Baptist Church and St. John’s Baptist Church where he sang in the children’s choir, excelled in Sunday School, and began to develop public speaking skills. While living in Chicago, he was a member of Trinity United Church of God in Christ. He is an ordained minister, currently serving as an Associate Minister at Mt. Welcome Missionary Baptist Church in Decatur, GA.
Dr. Marks became a rapper at age 13, a step-master (with Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., Pi Chapter) during college, a spoken word artist during graduate school, and is currently learning to play the djembe (African drum). He is married to Kimberly Marks and is father to Kimaneshia and Zion-Trinity.