Olivia Scriven


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FALL 2012

Olivia Scriven is part-time faculty, teaching undergraduate seminars in African American history from pre-European colonial contact through the Civil War and Reconstruction and from post-Reconstruction through the election of President Barack Obama. 

Dr. Scriven earned her doctoral degree in the History of Science and Technology from Georgia Tech in 2006 – the first and only African American awarded the Ph.D. from the HTS program.  Her research explores issues of race, gender and policy in science and technology studies, with a particular focus on pioneering Black women the sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and the role and historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in producing African Americans in STEM.  Her work has appeared in the African American National Biography, co-edited by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham and published by Oxford University Press (Feb. 2008), and she has presented at conferences nationally and internationally, including a paper entitled “Untold Narratives:  The Struggle to Educate African Americans in Science, Engineering and Technology, 1950-1997,” at SHOT’s 2008 Annual Conference in Lisbon, Portugal.

In addition to teaching, Dr. Scriven is President/CEO of Partners for Educational Development, Inc., a higher educational consulting firm that works with organizations nationally and in South Africa to increase their capacity to develop and deliver timely curricular, co-curricular  and research programs that serve the global community of learners.  Clients include Iowa State University (Ames, IA), Morehouse College (Atlanta, GA), the Human Sciences Research Council of South Africa (Pretoria, South Africa), and the Mangosuthu University of Technology (Durban, South Africa).