Doctoral Candidate, Princeton University


About Me


Ezelle graduated...

with honors from Washington University in St. Louis where he majored in Anthropology and minored in Public Health.  He was a John B. Ervin scholar and a Merle Kling Undergraduate Honors Fellow with the Washington University Center for the Humanities. 

Beyond his scholarly pursuits, Ezelle is a dedicated third-generation educator and mentor.  He has served as an assistant instructor with Professor Ruha Benjamin, teaching Race is Socially Constructed, Now What?,  and Patricia Fernandez-Kelly, Race and Ethnicity In a Comparative Perspective Ezelle’s broad teaching interests include: twentieth century United States history, medicine and society, late nineteenth and twentieth century African American history, medicine and civil rights, and histories of racial ideologies.

Outside of the classroom, Ezelle continues a life-long dedication to social justice and diversity advocacy.   At Princeton, Ezelle helped to found Intersecting Queer Identities (IQI), an organization dedicated to educating and promoting community among LGBT+ graduate students with intersecting marginal identities.  Ezelle also designed and co-facilitated #Woke101, a six-week inter-group dialogue course with the LGBT and Carl A. Fields Centers.  Throughout his time at Princeton, Ezelle has worked closely with the Graduate School Office of Diversity, LGBT Center, Carl A. Fields Center for Equality + Cultural Understanding, Women*s Center, and the Office of Disability Services.  

Ezelle is a proud native of Charlotte, North Carolina.  He is the son of Ezelle and La Tanya Sanford Jr.  He has two sisters, Brianna and Trinity Sanford, a niece, Joi Wilson, and nephew, Jordan Wilson.  Much of his loving and supportive extended family reside in Charlotte.  He is a product of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg public school system, graduating with distinction from Harding University High School in 2008.