Stanford University The Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute
Institute Staff

Clayborne Carson
Professor of American History & Director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project
During his undergraduate years at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Carson was a participant in and observer of African-American political movements. Since receiving his doctorate from UCLA in 1975, he has taught at Stanford University. Dr. Carson has also been a visiting professor at American University, the University of California, Berkeley, and Emory University as well as a Fellow at the Center for the Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford.
Susan Carson
Editorial Consultant
Susan, who holds a Master’s degree in Library and Information Sciences from San Jose State University, joined the staff in 1987 as the librarian and archivist. Susan retired as managing editor in 2007 after more than 20 years at the Institute. She continues to consult with editorial staff to maintain the accuracy of the project database.
Tenisha Armstrong
Associate Director
Tenisha Armstrong has a B.A. in American Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a Masters of Liberal Arts from Stanford University. Armstrong was a summer intern at the King Papers Project in 1998 and served as a research assistant for three years before assuming her current position. She is the lead editor for Volumes VII (1961-1962) and IX (1964).

Regina Covington
Institute Administrator
Regina joined the project staff in June of 2000 after relocating from the Island of Kauai. She is a graduate of Notre Dame de Namur University.

Stacey Zwald
Assistant Editor
Stacey joined the project staff in 2008. She acquired a B.A. at Saint Mary’s College of California, and an M.A. in American History from San Francisco State

Dave Beals
Research Assistant
Dave received a B.G.S. in Theater in 2008 and a M.A. in Museum Studies in 2011 from the University of Kansas.  He joined the editorial staff in May 2012.

Clarence B. Jones

Scholar in Residence

Clarence B. Jones was a speechwriter and counsel for Martin Luther King, Jr. His work in the civil rights movement dramatically impacted the course of American history, and he has received numerous state and national awards recognizing his significant contributions to American society. Jones became the first African-American partner in a Wall Street investment banking member firm of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), was selected twice by Fortune Magazine as “A Business Man of The Month,” and founded several corporate and media-related ventures. email:

Andrea McEvoy Spero 
Director of Education, Liberation Curriculum
Andrea McEvoy Spero joined the Liberation Curriculum Initiative in 2004. She recently completed a Doctorate of Education from the University of San Francisco and was the first to graduate with a Human Rights Education emphasis. 


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