John H. Stanfield, II is originally from upstate New York and since age 16, northern California. His maternal and paternal grandparents migrated respectively from northeastern Arkansas and northeastern Mississippi in the 1920s, respectively to Rochester and to Rome, New York. A maternal great uncle as a long time pastor would establish what is today the most prominent Black Baptist church in Rochester, and his paternal grandfather, whom he is named after, would become the founding deacon of the first Black church in Rome and Chair of its deacon board for thirty years. Since July 2002, Professor Stanfield was been on the faculty of Indiana University Bloomington where he is a Full Professor in the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies and was Chair during which time the Department changed its name from Afro-American Studies to African American and African Diaspora Studies.
He has senior faculty appointments in American Studies (doctoral program), Cultural Studies (graduate program), Philanthropic Studies (doctoral program), and Sociology (undergraduate and doctoral programs). During the 2006-07 academic year, he was on leave as a faculty member of the Fielding Graduate University School of Human and Organization Development, one of the world’s leading distributive education (distance learning) doctoral level academic communities. When in fall 2007 he returns to Indiana University Bloomington, he will become a Fielding consulting faculty member through June, 30, and 2008. Effective during the 2008 spring semester, Professor Stanfield has been awarded the 2007- 2008 Fulbright Distinguished Chair in American Studies, Catholic University-Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (topic: Restorative Justice and Race: Brazil in Conversation with South Africa and the United States).
Professor Stanfield is the former Avalon Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Department of Sociology, Morehouse College and Director of the Morehouse Research Institute; Professor of African and African American Studies and Sociology and Human Development and founding Director of the Center for Urban Policy, University of California Davis; Edwin and Frances Cummings Professor of Sociology and American Studies, The College of William and Mary in Virginia and Eminent Scholar of the State Council of Higher Education of the Commonwealth of Virginia; Assistant to Associate Professor of African American and African Studies and Sociology, Yale University and Faculty Associate, Yale Program on Non-Profit Organizations; Fulbright Scholar, University of Sierre Leone; Chair, Fulbright Advisory Committee on Sociologists in African Posts; Social Science Research Council Advanced Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies. During the 2002-03 academic year, he was a Visiting Mellon Fellow at Teachers College Columbia University and during the 2004-05 academic year he was a Non-Residential Fellow in the Harvard University W. E. B. DuBois Institute while being a Merit Scholar recipient in the Boston University School of Theology. He was a Visiting Professor of Sociology at the University of Cape Town, Cape Town South Africa July 2006 and is associated with the Institute of Diversity Studies and the Postgraduate Programme on Diversity of the University of Cape Town Department of Sociology.
Professor Stanfield has been an occasional consultant to civil rights and human rights causes such as efforts to support historically black colleges in Alabama, recommending affirmative action programs to the Ohio Supreme Court, working with a national association of local and state judges advocating anti-racism; and serving on the human rights commission for the city of Davis, California and on the state human rights enforcement agency for the state of Connecticut, populations and organizations around the world. He is a member of Gerson Lehrman Group Policy and Economics Council. He is the American fundraising coach for the Economic Justice Institute of the South African Council of Churches and for Community Connections of Cape Town and is a fundraising coach for the Indianapolis Public Schools Foundation.
Professor Stanfield entered California State University Fresno as an Educational Opportunity student (similar to IU Bloomington’ Groups Program) and graduated three years later magna cum laude, summa cum laude in his major Sociology and on graduation night was selected as the Alumni Association’s Outstanding Senior Award for extraordinary academic performance and extracurricular activities out of a class of 3,000 students. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from Northwestern University (Ford Foundation Fellow) at age 25. Professor Stanfield is an ecumenically orientated ordained Baptist minister interested in interfaith social justice issues. He received the STM (Master of Sacred Theology) in May 2005 from Boston University School of Theology (Scholarship of Merit).
Professor Stanfield is President and Principal Senior Consultant of Stanfield Consultants International , LLC, a firm which serves as a coach and a search firm for university administrations and faculties interested in recruiting and retaining administrators and faculty of color, transforming their campuses into interculturally competent communities, and assisting faculty and administrators of color experiencing career challenges. The firm also provides other services in American and international contexts such as diversity and inclusion planning and evaluation for states, nonprofit organizations, and businesses, peace building in racially troubled communities and evaluation of intervention programs targeting non-affluent populations and communities.
Professor Stanfield is a former board member of Hands on Atlanta, Inc., of the Sacramento United Way, of Connecticut’s human rights enforcement agency, and of the Davis, California Human Rights Commission. He is a member of the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, Rotary International, and the Columbia Club in Indianapolis. He has been also been elected to the Board of Directors of Child Advocates of Indianapolis which provides advocacy services in courts for children and adolescents. Professor Stanfield is a resident of Indianapolis.