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Faculty & Staff

Daniel Aldridge

Daniel Aldridge
Ph.D. Emory University

I teach courses in American and African-American history, primarily focusing on the period from the Civil War to the present. I am particularly interested in issues such as civil rights activism, popular culture, and U. S. foreign relations.

Takiyah Amin

Takiyah Nur Amin
Ph.D. Temple University

I am a dance scholar whose research interests include 20th century American concert dance, African diaspora dance performance/aesthetics and pedagogical interests in dance studies.

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Issac (Ike) Bailey
Nieman Fellowship Harvard University

I am serving as the James K. Batten Professor of Public Policy. My interests include political news analysis, media criticism and criminal justice reporting. My classes at Davidson concern journalism ethics and fake news, as well as understanding race and American journalism.

Devyn Benson

Devyn Spence Benson
Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

I am a historian of 19th-20th century Latin America with a focus on race and revolution in Cuba. My research and teaching interests sit at the intersection of Latin American history and Africana Studies and I have worked throughout my career to merge the two fields by focusing on Afro-Latin American and Caribbean history, politics, and culture.

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Garry Bertholf
Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania

My research and teaching focus on Africana literature and black critical theory. I am particularly interested in late-19th and early- to mid-20th-century African American literature and literary criticism, as well as the intellectual and cultural history of the African diaspora.

Laurian Bowles

Laurian Bowles
Ph.D. Temple University

I am a cultural and visual anthropologist whose research interests include ethnographic photography, Africa and the Diaspora, gender, urbanization, the anthropology of race, and transnationalism.

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Joseph C. Ewoodzie, Jr.
Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison

My master's thesis, since turned into a book manuscript titled Break Beats in the Bronx: Revisiting Hip Hop's Early Years, focuses on a crucial span of time surprisingly under-examined in previous studies: 1975-79. I moved to Jackson, Miss., to conduct an ethnographic study of African Americans. For nearly a year, I followed more than a dozen economically diverse black Jacksonians to observe and experience how they make decisions about food.

Caroline Beschea-Fache

Caroline Fache (Chair)
Ph.D. Indiana University

I teach French and Francophone Studies and I study issues in critical mixed-race studies. I also focus on the development, production and distribution of West African films in Africa and in the rest of the world.

Hilton Kelly

Hilton Kelly
Ph.D. University of Massachusetts at Amherst

I teach courses in educational studies, sociology, and Africana studies, such as Schools and Society, Education in African-American Society, Growing up Jim Crow, and Critical Race Theory. I'm a specialist in the sociology of education with a research focus on the lives and work of African-Americans in the United States.

Gerardo Marti

Gerardo Marti
Ph.D. University of Southern California

The focus of my research and teaching is race-ethnicity, religion, identity, and social change. I am most interested in uncovering the dynamics of contemporary issues like diversity, religious innovation, and generational differences in self-understanding.

Alice Wiemer

Alice Wiemers
Ph.D. John Hopkins University

I teach a range of topics in African history, with special emphasis on social and economic change in the 19th and 20th centuries. My research focuses on 20th-century Ghana, the history of development practice, labor, and families.


Rebecca Barrow

Rebecca Barrow
Administrative Assistant

My primary responsibilities include assistance with budget management, event planning and supply management.

Affiliated Faculty

Suzanne Churchill, Professor of English
Brenda Flanagan, Professor of English
Rick Gay, Professor of Educational Studies
Melissa Gonzalez, Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies
Michael Guasco, Associate Professor of History
Kenneth Menkhaus, Professor of Political Science
Clark Ross, Professor of Economics
Fred Smith, Professor of Economics
Anne Wills, Professor of Religion

Faculty Emeritus

Nancy Fairley, Ph.D. State University New York, Stony Brook