Prof. Michael D. Cauthen

Prof. Michael D. Cauthen

Emeritus Faculty


Prof. Michael D. Cauthen retired as Senior Lecturer in African American and African Diaspora Studies. He taught several courses, including, Introduction to African American Studies, Theories in African American Studies, and Understanding Race.  He has published, and delivered papers, on race, race and education, the race and intelligence debate, and the “Black-White test score gap.” He also co-authored a 2009 book entitled, The Student Athlete’s Guide to College Recruitment. Mr. Cauthen was selected for inclusion in the 2004 Who’s Who among America’s Teachers and was the president of the South Atlantic Philosophy of Education Society from 2006 to 2008. Additionally, he received the Lloyd International Honors College Teaching and Mentoring Excellence Award. During his tenure in AADS he chaired the Program’s Whitney “Whitty” Ransome Scholarship in African American and African Diaspora Studies Committee. 

Selected Papers and presentations

  • “How social inequality ‘embodies’ racial biology,” 62nd Annual Meeting of the South Atlantic Philosophy of Education Society, High Point University, Feb. 2018
  • “The race and intelligence debate: an epistemic crisis,” The SAPES Journal, in print, 2017
  • “African America on the edge of infinity: re-envisioning its past, present, and future,” the Conversations with the Community Series, by UNCG’s African American and African Diaspora Studies Program, 2017
  • Dramatic but Unrecognized Changes in the Cognitive Ability of Black Americans,” Fortieth Annual National Convention of the National Council of Black Studies, Charlotte, North Carolina, March 2016
  • Cauthen, M. D., and Dr. N. F. Woods. “The Incredible Henrietta Lacks.” UNCG, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Contemporary Issues Forums. Greensboro, North Carolina, September 2013
  • “Matters of race and place,” in N. F. Woods’ Rooted in the soul: an Introduction to African American Studies and the African American experience. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing Company 2012