Ervin Dyer

  • Instructor

Dr. Ervin Dyer is an adjunct Professor in the Department of Africana Studies. Dr. Dyer is an award-winning news journalist and storyteller who specializes in coverage of African American life and culture. He has received a Pulitzer Center grant to report from Haiti and other fellowships to report from Ghana, South Africa, Tanzania, Japan, and Thailand. He is currently working on a bio-memoir about his mother and her overcoming of gender and race discriminations. Dr. Dyer is a graduate of Norfolk State University and has a PhD in sociology from the University of Pittsburgh. 

Areas of Specialization 

  • Immigrant African Life in Urban America
  • Haiti and Its Diaspora
  • African Immigrant and African American Spirituality 
  • Black Life and Culture

Education & Training

  • BA, Journalism (with Honors), Norfolk State University
  • MS, Journalism, University of Illinois/Champaign-Urbana
  • MA, Sociology, University of Pittsburgh
  • PhD, Sociology, University of Pittsburgh