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Gwendolyn McLaughlin Bookman, J.D.

Interim Chair, Department of Political Science and Sociology, Associate Professor, Bennett College (Greensboro, North Carolina)

Dr. Bookman completed her undergraduate degree at Howard University, her law degree at
Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law, and post-graduate studies at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. She was the first black woman to serve as a Briefing Attorney for the Supreme Court of Texas.

Bookman has spent most of her professional career in higher education administration; Bennett College is her eighth institution. In academia, she has served as the assistant to four (4) women presidents and in an affirmative action capacity at Wellesley College and at Harvard University. From 2009-2015, Bookman managed all aspects of the internationalization of the Bennett community as director of the Center for Global Studies, including a global studies minor, study abroad, international programming and support of international scholars and students.

She is currently a full-time faculty member at Bennett and serves as interim chair of the Department of Political Science and Sociology and associate professor. Bookman’s passion is global engagement. She is currently the president of the Board of Directors of Sister Cities of Durham (NC) and the chair of its New Cities Committee.