Jabbar R. Bennett, Ph.D.


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Dr. Bennett serves as associate provost for diversity and inclusion and associate professor of medicine at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. In this role, he is responsible for leading and coordinating efforts to create a diverse, inclusive and welcoming environment for all Northwestern community members. Prior to joining Northwestern, Dr. Bennett served as associate dean of the Graduate School, associate dean for diversity in the Division of Biology and Medicine, and clinical assistant professor of medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. In the Graduate School he was responsible for recruitment and coordinating professional development activities for graduate students and postdocs. In the Division of Biology and Medicine Dr. Bennett oversaw the recruitment and advancement of medical students, faculty and trainees who are members of underrepresented groups. Before his appointment at Brown, he served on the faculty at Harvard Medical School and directed the Office for Multicultural Faculty Careers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Previously, Dr. Bennett also served as Senior Director of Development for Life Sciences, Healthcare and Education Industry Partnerships with United Way of Massachusetts Bay in Boston, and as Research and Science Specialist in the Office for Diversity and Community Partnership at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Bennett received his B.S. in biology and minor in Spanish from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical (A&T) State University, and his Ph.D. in biomedical sciences from Meharry Medical College. At Meharry he was funded as a National Science Foundation (NSF) Alliance for the Enhancement of Science Education and Technology Graduate Teaching Fellow, and later as a UNCF-Merck Postdoctoral Research Fellow while training in the Department of Pathology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Bennett is an alumnus of the Massachusetts Education Policy Fellowship Program and the Harvard University Administrative Fellowship Program.