Diane Jordan

The first African American woman to earn a doctorate in Soil Microbiology, Diane Jordan is the author of the book, “Sisters in Science: Conversations with Black Women Scientists on Race, Gender and Their Passion for Science.” Jordan studied biology as an undergraduate at Tuskegee University, completed her masters at Alabama A&M University and earned her Ph.D. in Environmental Soil Microbiology at Michigan State University. She was first woman ever hired at the University of Missouri in the Soil Atmospheric Department and the first African American woman tenured in the research science department.