Gillespie and Seymour are 2011-12 MLK Visiting Scholars

Established in 1991, the MLK Visiting Professors Program honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. While at MIT, MLK Visiting Scholars and Artists enhance their scholarship, enrich the intellectual life of MIT, and are deeply engaged in the life of the Institute through teaching and research. The School is honored to welcome two outstanding MLK Visiting Professors to the community for the 2011-12 academic year.  


                                                 2011-2012 MLK Visiting Professors 
                                                 MIT School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences 




Andra Gillespie, MLK Visiting Associate Professor in Political Science


Andra Gillespie is an associate professor of political science at Emory whose research generational conflict among African American political elites. Profs. Nobles and Stewart will be her hosts at MIT in the Department of Political Science. As an MLK Visiting Associate Professor, Dr. Gillespie will be co-teaching a graduate seminar in the Fall 2011 and an undergraduate subject in the Spring 2012 in the Department of Political Science.   •  



Sean Seymore, MLK Visiting Associate Professor in Science, Technology, and Society

Sean Seymore is currently an Associate Professor of Law and an Associate Professor of Chemistry at Vanderbilt University. His research focuses on how patent law should evolve in response to advances in science and technology and how the intersection of law and science is critical to the formation of public policy. He has a B.S. in Chemistry from Tennessee (Tenneesse Scholar), a M.S. Chem. from Georgia Tech, a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Notre Dame (Arthur J. Schmitt Presidential Fellow) and J.D. from Notre Dame (Allen Endowment Fellow). Before moving to Vanderbilt, Prof. Seymore taught at Washington & Lee and Northwestern and practiced patent law at Foley Hoag in Boston. As an MLK Visiting Professor, Prof. Seymore will work on current research projects relating to the disclosure function of the patent system and transformative proposals to promote the shared policy goals of science and patent law. He will be hosted by Professors Roe Smith and David Mindell in the Program in Science, Technology, and Society. •