Featured Psychologist: Martin D. Jenkins, PhD

Martin D. Jenkins, PhDMartin D. Jenkins, PhD, was born on Sept. 4, 1904, in Terre Haute, Ind. Jenkins is known for his pioneering work in the field of educational psychology. In 1925, he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in engineering, from Howard University. A few years later, he earned an Bachelor of Arts degree in education from Indiana State in 1931. He later went on to Northwestern University, where he received his masters and doctorate degree in education. His dissertation was a socio-psychological study of African-American children of superior intelligence. Jenkins' dissertation, which went unpublished, is considered a renowned seminal piece of work in education among educational psychologists today.

Jenkins dedicated his career to studying intelligence testing and lectured on a global platform on the topic of education. During the course of his career, he served as professor of education at North Carolina A&T and at Howard University, in Washington, D.C. In 1948, he became the president of Morgan State College in Baltimore, Md. Jenkins has received many honors and awards such as distinguished alumnus from Indian State, honorary doctorates from the University of Liberia, Howard University, Johns Hopkins University and Delaware State College.

Before retiring as president of Morgan State, Jenkins contributed to over 80 scholarly articles and served on numerous task forces and presidential commissions. He also served as the director of the Office of Urban Affairs for the American Council of Education.


African American Registry. (n.d.). Martin D. Jenkins: Educator and More. Retrieved from: http://www.aaregistry.org/historic_events/view/martin-d-jenkins-educator-and-more