Dennis A. Doster is a scholar of African American history with close to 15 years of professional experience in the field of public history. Currently, Mr. Doster heads the Black History Program, a unit of the Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. In this position, Mr. Doster oversees three historic African American sites, undertakes and supervises research on local black history, and produces exhibitions and programming for various audiences. Prior to joining the Commission, he worked for the Alexandria Black History Museum and the National Archives. His curated exhibitions include “How We Got Over: A History of Black Sacred Music Traditions” and “We Return Fighting: World War I and the African American Experience.” Doster also serves as adjunct faculty in history and African American studies at the University of Maryland at College Park and University of Maryland, University College.
Doster is a summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Howard University, where he obtained bachelors’ in history and English. He obtained his doctorate in history from the University of Maryland at College Park. His areas of research and teaching expertise include the Civil Rights Movement, African American political and expressive culture, and Maryland African American history.
Beyond his professional life, Doster is active in the community as a member of the managing board of the Anacostia Trails Heritage Area, Inc. and the music ministry of Metropolitan Baptist Church. He is also a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.