About Our Staff


Catherine Fosl

Dr. Fosl is a Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and founding Director of the Anne Braden Institute. Dr. Fosl was Anne Braden’s biographer and is the author of Subversive Southerner: Anne Braden and the Struggle for Racial Justice in the Cold War South (Palgrave Macmillen, 2002), as well as the books Freedom on the Border:  An Oral History of the Civil Rights Movement in Kentucky (co-authored with Tracy E. K’Meyer, University Press of Kentucky, 2009) and Women for All Seasons: The Story of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (1989). Subversive Southerner won the 2003 Oral History Association Book Award and was named an Outstanding Book in 2003 by the Gustavus Myers Center for Human Rights. A new edition of the book was issued in Fall 2006 by University Press of Kentucky.

Through the Institute, Dr. Fosl strives to widen public understanding of the significance in U.S. social movement history of Anne Braden and other understudied figures and currents at the grassroots level.  She advances engaged scholarship that is grounded in collaboration between researchers and their subjects and producing knowledge that can be acted upon. By providing activists with broader historical and intellectual tools to enhance their efforts, such knowledge can advance racial and social justice aims. At the same time, the Institute exposes scholars to a greater range of community-based knowledge.

NOTE:  Cate Fosl will be on sabbatical for the entire 2017-18 academic year and is best reached after Aug. 15, 2017, at cfosl@louisville.edu instead of through the Institute.

Cherie Dawson-Edwards

Cherie Dawson-Edwards

Dr. Cherie Dawson-Edwards is acting co-director of the Braden Institute for 2017-18, starting in August, with primary responsibilities for the Institute's management, research, and community engagement activities. She was our first ever Faculty Fellow for the 2016-17 academic year.She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Louisville. Dr. Dawson-Edwards has a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. In addition, she holds bachelor’s degrees in Sociology and Journalism from Western Kentucky University and an MS in Justice Administration from the University of Louisville. Her research and teaching interests center on the intersection of public policy and criminal justice with a specific focus on restorative justice. She works in close partnership with the Jefferson County Public School


Lisa Markowitz

Dr. Lisa Markowitz is also acting co-director of the Braden Institute for 2017-18, with primary responsibilities for our co-leadership role in the Transdisciplinary Social Justice Research Consortium grant.  Dr. Markowitz is an Associate Professor of Anthropology, and more information about her can be found on her faculty page at http://louisville.edu/anthropology/faculty-staff/dr.-lisa-markowitz 

Jamie Beard

Jamie came to the Braden Institute in March 2014 as an administrative assistant. She holds a BA in English from the University of Alabama and brings experience in community-based education, having worked with K-12 students and adults in library, nonprofit, and museum settings. 


J. Blaine Hudson

J. Blaine Hudson (1949-2013), Co-founder

The late Dr. Hudson was the former Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of Pan-African Studies.

As the creator of the Institute, Dr. Hudson was a visionary educator and longtime university and community leader who was also a renowned scholar of African American history. He was the author of Fugitive Slaves and the Underground Railroad in the Kentucky Borderland (2002) and of the Encyclopedia of the Underground Railroad(2006), as well as many articles. He co-authored the book, Two Centuries of Black Louisville: A Photographic History. As a young student activist in the 1960s, Dr. Hudson was mentored by Anne Braden, and they remained friends for nearly 40 years.

The Anne Braden Institute is one of many vehicles through which Dr. Hudson enacted his life-long commitment to connecting history to urban problems and to social change. Another was the Saturday Academy program, a non-credit “open classroom” learning series in African and African American history held in western Louisville.