His enthusiasm for his work is contagious. "Prof Doris gets so excited about African art you can't help being excited too," writes a student on ratemyprofessors.com. And while teaching may not be as sexy as garage rock, Doris has no regrets. "I've devoted my life to doing something I love," he exclaims. "Without this love, I wouldn't continue doing this."
This article has been edited since it appeared in the February 2010 Ann Arbor Observer. The state where Doris grew up has been corrected.
[Originally published in February, 2010.]