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
Senior Fellow of International & Public Affairs, Watson Institute

Stephon Alexander
Professor, Department of Physics

Jayna Brown
Professor of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies, Chair of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies

Colin Channer
Assistant Professor, Department of Literary Arts

Lina M. Fruzzetti
Paul R. Dupee, Jr. University Professor of Social Science

Olakunle George
Professor, Department of English 

Juliet Hooker
Professor, Department of Political Science 

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

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 

Melvin Rogers
Associate Director of the Center for Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, Professor of Political Science

Matthew Shenoda
Professor of Literary Arts, Chair of Literary Arts

Alexander Weheliye
Malcolm S. Forbes Professor of Modern Culture and Media

Andre Willis 
Associate Professor, Department of Religious Studies

Chinua Achebe †
Professor Emeritus of Africana Studies

Lundy Braun
Professor Emeritus of Africana Studies and Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Dorothy Denniston †
Associate Professor Emerita of English and Africana Studies

Anani Dzidzienyo †
Professor Emeritus of Africana Studies

Paget Henry
Professor Emeritus of Africana Studies and Sociology

Ruth Simmons
President Emerita and Professor Comparative Literature and Africana Studies

Elmo Terry-Morgan
Associate Professor Emeritus of Africana Studies and Theatre Arts and Performance Studies

John Edgar Wideman
Professor Emeritus of African American Literature