Our Editors


Photo: Harvard University/Molly Akin

Daphne Penn is a PhD candidate in Education at Harvard University with a concentration in Culture, Institutions, and Society. She is the recipient of the Ford Foundation Pre-doctoral Fellowship, the Harvard University Presidential Scholar Fellowship, and the UC Davis Center for Poverty Research Visiting Graduate Student Fellowship. Daphne earned a BS in Human and Organizational Development from Vanderbilt University and a MS in Sociology from Purdue University. She is also a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated (XΦΩ 💕💚).

Daphne’s desire to create The Ebony Tower as an online community for current and future scholars of color was motivated by both her personal experiences navigating various institutions of higher education as a first-generation college graduate and her professional and academic commitment to bridging the gap between scholars of colors and the communities they study and serve.

When she has writer’s block or is simply procrastinating, Daphne enjoys reading material completely unrelated to her research, binge watching epic TV shows, cooking, and playing poker.


Rachel is both co-editor and resident anthropologist at The Ebony Tower. As a first generation Haitian-American from New York, Rachel has always had an interest in storytelling, culture and transnational experiences. She hopes to bring this desire to The Ebony Tower through engaging scholars of color throughout the Diaspora to share their narratives and experiences and to encourage scholars in the US to consider working abroad as well.

Rachel holds a Ph.D. from American University in Washington DC. Her work looks at religious influences on community service initiatives in Northeastern Brazil. She enjoys spending hours in local bookstores, going to carnivals (i.e. the Caribbean & Afro-latino variety) and hot yoga.