Carlton A. Usher II, Ph.D.

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Carlton Anthony Usher II has an extensive teaching and administrative history spanning twenty years across several disciples. Dr. Usher is trained in several academic disciplines; he earned a B.S. in Business Administration, a M.A. in History and a Ph.D. in Political Science.   Trained as a Historian and Political Economist, Carlton teaches in several departments and across several disciples. His recent teaching activities include courses on Global Studies, History, Political Science, American Popular Culture, Hip Hop Culture, and First-Year Experience. 

Professor Usher has a distinguished publication record of peer reviewed articles on youth social media, political participation, college success, and hip hop culture.

Dr. Usher’s recent honors include the KSU Carnegie Scholar for Civic Engagement, the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning Fellow for Diversity in the Curriculum, University System of Georgia Governor’s Teaching Fellow, and USG’s Seven Revolutions Fellow.

Carlton A. Usher has led successful community partnerships and commits to the development of youth political engagement and civic responsibility as active organizer, lecturer, and advisor. Dr. Usher just completed an eight-year term as chair of the American Democracy Project. He has served as advisor to several local campaigns, voter registration projects, and participates in several civic engagement and political engagement projects.

Each summer he continues to work with pre-college initiatives and programs such as Upward Board, Charles Drew Summer Science Academy, Bridge, Excel, Pre-College Summer, and STEM, to name a few. In addition to his solid academic preparation, he has other strengths including seriousness of purpose, and a commitment to excellence.  (

Areas of Expertise: Millennial Political Behavior, African American Popular Culture, American History, African Diaspora History, First-Year Success, Hip Hop Culture, and Intercultural Strategic Development.

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