A Haitian-American, Dr. Mo Baptiste is originally from Miami, FL. He’s currently a faculty member in Education Department at Ithaca College and teaches various classes such as: “Education and Society,” “Youth Culture, Resistance and Education,” “Social and Cultural Foundations in Education” and “The Mis-Education of Haiti.”
Dr. Baptiste’s research agenda explores how traditional leadership and organizational theories have been conceptualized and the intricate ways they are used to maintain systems of dominations. He has constructed a leadership theory that he has coined “Leadership from the Margins Theory” that assumes social conflict theory rather than systems theory, and he has identified characteristics that make up these marginalized leaders. One of the most important components of his research was how he was able to identify the characteristics of these marginalized leaders by looking at the historical implications of the Haitian Revolution and the lived experiences of contemporary Haitian narratives.
He serves as a Board member of World Water Relief and is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. Dr. Baptiste continues to work with the citizens of Haiti by addressing issues of water and land conservation, community organizing and teacher education development.
Dr. Baptiste received an A.A from Kemper Military Academy, B.A (Communications) and M.S (Business Education) from Robert Morris University and a Ph.D. from Miami University in Education Leadership. He is married to fellow Ithaca College professor Dr. Shewanee Howard-Baptiste.