Department of Africana Studies

Our Faculty

The Department’s rigorous undergraduate and graduate programs are designed and driven by one of the leading faculties in the discipline.

As mentors, instructors, and creatives, the Department’s faculty convene students for critical studies of the intersections of class, gender, nation, race, and sexuality informed by a broad range of theoretical and methodological perspectives.

Geri Augusto
Gerard Visiting Associate Professor of International & Public Affairs
Director, Development Studies
 

Stephon Alexander
Professor, Department of Physics
 

Colin Channer
Assistant Professor, Department of Literary Arts
 

Lina M. Fruzzetti
Royce Family Professor in Teaching Excellence, Department of Anthropology
 

Olakunle George
Professor, Department of English 
 

Juliet Hooker
Professor, Department of Political Science 
 

Justin Izzo
Assistant Professor, Department of French Studies
 

Austin Jackson
Assistant Director, The Writing Center
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of English 
 

Patsy Lewis
Director, Developmental Studies Undergraduate Concentration
Visiting Professor, Department of International & Public Affairs
 

Glenn C. Loury
Merton P. Stoltz Professor, Department of Economics
 

Rolland Murray
Associate Professor, Department of English
 

Itohan Osayimwese
Associate Professor, History of Art and Architecture
 

Emily A. Owens
Assistant Professor, Department of History
 

Kevin Quashie
Professor, Department of English
 

Dannie C. Ritchie
Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Africana Studies 
 

Besenia Rodriguez
Senior Associate Dean for Curriculum 
 

Melvin Rogers
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
 

Nicole Truesdell
Assistant VP for Campus Life and Senior Director, Institute for Transformative Practice
 

Andre Willis 
Associate Professor, Department of Religious Studies

 

Chinua Achebe †
Professor Emeritus of Africana Studies

Dorothy Denniston †
Associate Professor Emerita of English and Africana Studies

Anani Dzidzienyo †
Professor Emeritus of Africana Studies

Ruth Simmons
President Emerita and Professor Comparative Literature and Africana Studies

John Edgar Wideman
Professor Emeritus, African American Literature