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Faculty & Staff

Devyn Benson

Devyn Spence Benson (Chair)
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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Nneka D. Dennie
Ph.D. University of Massachusetts at Amherst

I am a Black feminist scholar with specializations in 19th- and 20th-century African American history. I'm particularly interested in Black intellectual history, Black feminist thought, transnational feminism, and Black radicalism.

Caroline Beschea-Fache

Caroline Fache
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.

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Takiyah Harper-Shipman
Ph.D. University of Connecticut

My research and teaching engage questions of political economy in the African diaspora. I am particularly interested in the ways in which discourse structures political economies of development, human rights, and-more recently-gender.

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.

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.


Meg Sawicki

Meg Sawicki
B.S. Appalachian State University
Administrative Assistant

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

Affiliated Faculty

Dan Aldridge, Professor of History
Suzanne Churchill, Professor of English
Josseph Ewoodzie, Assistant Professor of Sociology
Brenda Flanagan, Professor of English
Rick Gay, Professor of Educational Studies
Melissa Gonzalez, Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies
Michael Guasco, Associate Professor of History
Gerardo Marti, Professor of Sociology
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