Crystal A. deGregory, Ph.D.

Associate Professor - Institute for Race, Education, and the Democratic Ideal Academic Affairs School of the Social Behavioral Sciences
Hathaway HallRoom 423a400 East Main St.Frankfort, KY 40601(502) 597-5744


Critically acclaimed historian and storyteller Dr. Crystal A. deGregory serves as the inaugural director of the Atwood Institute for Race, Education, and the Democratic Ideal at Kentucky State University, where she is an associate professor in the Department of History. A widely published writer and editor, deGregory’s scholarly research and social commentaries undergird her efforts to initiate critical conversations on equity and inclusion at Kentucky State, across the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and beyond.

A favored public speaker and gifted orator, Dr. deGregory offers myriad expertise on multiple topics including history, culture, race, education, black fraternity and sorority life, and of course, historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). In addition to regularly contributing to and The HBCU Digest, her words have appeared in The New York Times, USA Today, The Tennessean, The State Journal, The Chronicle of Higher Education, EducationDIVE, Inside Higher Ed and Diverse Issues in Higher Education. She has presented to audiences at TEDx, SXSWedu, The New School, the Ford Foundation, Nissan North America, National Institutes of Health, and numerous American colleges and universities.



Academic History

Doctor of Philosophy in History, Vanderbilt University (2011)
Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, Tennessee State University (2014)
Master of Arts in History, Vanderbilt University (2005)
Bachelor of Arts in History, Fisk University (2003) magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa