Veronica T. Watson is a Professor of English and Convener of the Frederick Douglass Institute Collaborative at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she has been employed since 1997. She is also the statewide Convener of the Frederick Douglass Institute Collaborative of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education where she works closely with the 14 directors of Collaborative to foster diversity and civic engagement across the PASSHE. She teaches, publishes and presents on a range of literature focusing on 20th century African American literature; Southern American literature, and critical race and whiteness studies and is the author of The Souls of White Folks: African American Writers Theorize Whiteness (University Press of Mississippi, 2013). She has previously worked with the PHC as a Live and Learn Scholar for the Pittsburgh hub. Veronica completed graduate work at the University of California at Berkeley before earning her PhD in English from Rice University.