Justin T. Lorts, Ph.D.

Justin Lorts is an historian, teacher, university administrator, and Life Design Educator with over 20 years of experience in higher education. He is currently the Director of Life Design for the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University Life Design Lab. In his role, he works with educators across Hopkins to support undergraduate students in their career and life pursuits.

Prior to Hopkins, Justin worked as an academic affairs administrator and adviser at New York University and Princeton University. He has lead and designed programs and initiatives to support students from pre-college through doctoral study. He has extensive experience working with first-generation and limited income (FLI) college students, including serving as program adviser to NYU’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholars Program and as a member of Princeton’s Presidential Working Group on Undergraduate Socioeconomic Diversity.

Justin earned a BA in History from the University of California, Berkeley and a Ph.D. in History from Rutgers University, New Brunswick. His research is focused on the role that African American comedians played in the civil rights struggle. He has taught courses on race, popular culture, and civil rights at Rutgers, New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, and Princeton University.

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