Department Chair

Simone C. Drake
Hazel C. Youngberg Trustees Distinguished Professor & Department Chair
486F University Hall


Franco Barchiesi
Associate Professor
486D University Hall
Kenneth W. Goings
486 University Hall
Postdoctoral Fellow
486G University Hall
Judson L. Jeffries
Professor; Co-editor of Spectrum: A Journal on Black Men
Kwaku Larbi Korang
Associate Professor
486D University Hall
Tiyi Morris
Associate Professor
2057 Founders Hall
Lupenga Mphande
Associate Professor; Director of African Languages Program; Director Study Abroad Program- South Africa
486L University Hall
Associate Professor
Ryan Skinner
Associate Professor of African American and African Studies and Music
101C Hughes Hall
Sarah Van Beurden
Associate Professor
486G University Hall


Professor Emeritus
William Theodore McDaniel
Professor Emeritus
Linda James Myers
Professor Emeritus
Horace  Newsum (H. Ike Okafor-Newsum)
Associate Professor Emeritus
William (Maurice) Shipley
Assistant Professor Emeritus
James Upton
Associate Professor Emeritus

Affiliated Faculty

Adeleke Adeeko
Humanities Distinguished Professor
570 Denney Hall
Robert Agunga
Associate Professor & Director, Center for African Studies; Department of Agricultural Communication, Education and Leadership; College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
318 Oxley Hall
Beverly Gordon
Associate Professor (School of Educational Policy and Leadership)
Leta Hendricks
222B Thompson Library
Townsand Price-Spratlen
Associate Professor (Department of Sociology)
Stephanie Shaw
Associate Professor (Department of History)
Maurice Stevens
Associate Professor (Department of Comparative Studies)
Donald Winford
Professor (Department of Linguistics)

Graduate Student

Master's Student
Omar Dieng
Doctoral Student
Doctoral Student
Doctoral Student
Doctoral Student
337K University Hall

Graduate Student

Doctoral Student


Visiting Scholar
486P University Hall


Program Coordinator
Candace Gaiters
Administrative Assistant
486B University Hall
Administrative Manager
134 Dulles Hall
Molly Reinhoudt
Managing Editor for Research in African Literatures (RAL) and Spectrum: A Journal on Black Men
386G University Hall