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Christopher Adejumo

Associate Professor of Art and Art History  |  512-471-5672  |  ART 3.424


Ph.D., 1997, Art Education, Ohio State University


  Graphic Design, Visual Designs (Printmaking), Art Education, Multiculturalism and Community Based Art Education,

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Omoniyi Afolabi

Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese and of African and African Diaspora Studies  |  512.232.4510  |  BEN 3.110


Ph.D., 1997, Luso-Brazilian Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison


  The interface between literature, historicism, and culture studies with particular focus on Afro-Brazil

Charles O. Anderson

Associate Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies and of Theatre and Dance  |  WIN 1.142


M.F.A., 2002, Choreography, Temple University


  African Diaspora and African American (Black) vernacular and concert dance history, Black dance aesthetics, Afrocentric dance pedagogy, choreography and dance composition, contemporary dance, Afrofuturism, critical race theory in dance

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Jossianna Arroyo-Martínez

Professor of Spanish and Portuguese and of African and African Diaspora Studies  |  512.232.4536  |  BEN 3.120


Ph.D., 1998, Hispanic Languages and Literatures, University of California at Berkeley


  Latin American, Caribbean, Luso-Brazilian & Afro-Diasporic Literatures & Cultures; race, gender & sexuality in colonial & postcolonial societies; Latin American literature, ethnography and sociology.

Germine Awad

Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology  |  512-471-0526  |  SZB 506H


Ph.D., 2005, Psychology, Southern Illinois University - Carbindale


  Attitude development and expression within prejudice and discrimination, ethnic and racial identity (with a focus on Arabs and African Americans), acculturation, immigration, and attitudes toward affirmative action beneficiaries

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Keisha Bentley-Edwards

Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology  |  512-471-2755  |  SZB 506J


Ph.D., 2009, Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Development, University of Pennsylvania


   The processes of racial socialization, community vs. individual investment in the Black community, risk and protective factors in coping with racism and, class and upward mobility

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Daina Ramey Berry

Associate Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies and of History  |  512-471-4310  |  GAR 3.224


Ph.D., 1998, United States History, University of California, Los Angeles


  Dr. Berry's research interests include 19th century American History, Comparative Slavery, and Southern History, with a particular emphasis on the role of gender, labor, family, and economy among the enslaved. She is currently working on a comprehensive study of enslaved prices in the United States. Her research has been supported by the American Council of Learned Societies, the Ford Foundation, and the American Association of University Women.

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Anthony L. Brown

Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction  |  (512) 232-3902  |  SZB 428L


Ph.D., 2006 Curriculum and Instruction, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Carolyn M. Brown

Professor  |  512- 471-2374   |  PHR 3.209D


Ph. D., 1994, Pharmacy Health Care Administration, University of Florida

Keffrelyn Brown

Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction  |  (512) 232-4257  |  SZB 436D


Ph.D., 2006, Curriculum and Instruction, University of Wisconsin - Madison


  multicultural (teacher) education, sociocultural knowledge, African American students, curriculum theory/studies

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Simone A. Browne

Assistant Professor of Sociology  |  232-5975  |  BUR 506


Ph.D., 2007, Sociology and Equity Studies in Education, University of Toronto
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John S. Butler

Director and Professor in the McCombs School of Business  |  +1 512 471 4788 and +1 512 232 6328   |  The University of Texas at Austin IC2 Institute - 2815 San Gabriel St - Austin, TX 78705-3512


Ph. D. 1974, Organizational Science, Statistics and Methods, Northwestern University


  Entrepreneurship, Organizational Design

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Ben Carrington

Associate Professor of Sociology  |  512-232-6341  |  CLA 3.734


Ph.D., 2004, Sociology, Leeds Metropolitan University, UK


  Post/colonial Theory; Sociology of Race; Cultural Sociology; Sociology of Sport, Media and Popular Culture; Cultural Studies; Masculinity and Gender Studies

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Charles Daniel Carson

Assistant Professor of Music  |  +1 512 232 9448   |  Butler School of Music, College of Fine Arts - MRH 3.736


Ph.D., 2008, Music History, University of Pennsylvania
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Eddie Chambers

Associate Professor of Art and Art History  |  512-471-7554  |  Department of Art and Art History - ART 3.324


Ph.D., History of Art, 1998, Goldsmiths College, University of London


  African Diaspora, African American, and contemporary African art and visual culture

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Ruramisai Charumbira

Assistant Professor of History  |  512-232-8361  |  GAR 0.134


Ph.D., 2006, History, Yale University


  Southern Africa, Women, Historical Memory, Ethno-archaeology

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Kevin Cokley

Professor of Educational Psychology and of African and African Diaspora Studies  |  (512) 471-7498  |  SZB 262N


Ph.D., 1998, Counseling Psychology, Georgia State University


  Racial and Ethnic Identity Development; Factors that Impact Academic Achievement of African American Students; Academic Self-Concept, Academic Motivation; Multicultural Psychology and Issues of Race, Ethnicity, and Culture; Afrocentric/African-centered Psychology

Lydia M. Contreras

Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering  |  512-471-2453  |  CPE 5.410


Ph.D., 2008, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Cornell University
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Toyin Falola

Professor of History; Frances Higginbotham Nalle Centennial Professorship in History  |  512-475-7224  |  GAR 2.142


Ph.D., 1981, History, University of Ife


  African history since the nineteenth century

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Kevin Foster

Associate Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies  |  (512) 232-8586  |  SZB 528E


Ph.D., 2001, Anthropology, The University of Texas at Austin


  To bring research, teaching and community service together for the purpose of improving academic outcomes for African American, Latina/o and other students.

Maria Franklin

Associate Professor of Anthropology and of African and African Diaspora Studies  |  (512) 471-8513


Ph.D., 1997, Anthropology, University of California at Berkeley


  Historical archaeology, archaeological theory, African Diaspora studies, race and gender, feminist theory, colonialism and slavery.

Dorie J. Gilbert

Associate Professor of Sociology  |  (512) 471-8229  |  SSW 3.130H


Ph.D., 1996, Social Work, The University of Texas at Austin


  Prevention and intervention with women and people of color living with HIV/AIDS, psychosocial adjustment in persons coping with social stigma, child and adolescent welfare and counseling, multicultural practice issues; and cultural diversity curriculum development.

Lyndon K. Gill

Assistant Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies  |  BEL 241D


Ph.D., 2010, African American Studies & Anthropology, Harvard University
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Terri Givens

Associate Professor of Government  |  512-232-7245  |  BAT 3.136


Ph.D., 2000, Comparative Politics and Methodology, University of California at Los Angeles


  Terri is an avid runner, and enjoys many outdoor activities in Austin. As the proud mother of two handsome young boys, Andrew and Brandon, she also spends a great deal of time on the soccer fields and investigating the flora and fauna of the area. In her spare time, she gets out to listen to jazz, the symphony, and watches dance performances with her husband, Mike Scott.

Mark A. Gooden

Associate Professor of Education  |  512-471-7551  |  310H


Ph.D., 2001, Policy and Leadership, Ohio State University
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Edmund T. Gordon

Associate Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies, Chair of AADS Department  |  (512) 471-8043  |  BEL 242


Ph.D., 1981, Social Anthropology, Stanford University


   Culture and power in the African Diaspora, gender studies (particularly Black males), critical race theory, race education, and the racial economy of space and resources.

Darlene Grant

Associate Professor of Social Work  |  (512) 471-0532  |  SSW 3.130L


Ph.D., 1996, Social Work, University of Tennessee at Knoxville


  Women with addiction problems and their perinatally drug-exposed children; Family systems; Child sexual abuse; Adolescent psychiatric issues; Computer-based interactive learning; recruitment and retention of traditionally underrepresented populations in higher education

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Kali Gross

Associate Chair and Associate Professor African & African Diaspora Studies Department  |  GRG 234F


Ph.D., 1999, History, University of Pennsylvania


  African American Women’s History, contact to present; African American History, contact to present; Women’s Studies; Gender Studies; comparative theories of race, gender, sexuality, and violence in the Americas and the African Diaspora; intersections of race, science, and technology; criminal justice, North and South, 1880-1945

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Frank A. Guridy

Associate Professor of History and of African and African Diaspora Studies  |  GAR 0.116


Ph.D., 2002, History, University of Michigan


  Afro-Diasporic Encounters between Cubans and U.S. Americans of African descent in the twentieth century; racialization in the Spanish-speaking Caribbean, hemispheric cultural history, transnational history

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Charles R. Hale

Professor of Anthropology and of African and African Diaspora Studies, Director of Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies Benson  |  512.471.7530  |  EPS 2.140


Ph.D., 1996, Anthropology, Stanford University


  Race/ethnicity, identity politics, consciousness and resistance, activist anthropology; Latin America, the Caribbean

Louis Harrison

Professor of Curriculum and Instruction  |  (512) 232-4785  |  SZB 428M


Ph.D., 1997, Kinesiology, Louisiana State University
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Robert Holz

Erich W. Zimmermann Regents Professor Emeritus in Geography

+1 512 232 1585 and +1 512 471 5116   |  GRG 340 and GRG 334


Ph.D., 1963, Geography, Michigan State University


  His research interests have focused on land use in the Middle East, particularly the region of the Nile Delta,.

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Juliet Hooker

Associate Professor of Government and of African and African Diaspora Studies  |  512.232.7273  |  MEZ 3.146


Ph.D., Cornell University


  Black Political Thought, Latin American Political Thought, Political Solidarity, Theories of Multiculturalism, Indigenous and Afro-descendant Politics in Latin America

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Omi Osun Joni L. Jones

Associate Professor of Theatre and Dance and of African and African Diaspora Studies  |  471-4320  |  JES A232A


Ph.D., New York University


  Identity, Ethnography, Yoruba-based performance aesthetics, Black Feminisms and Theatre for Social Change, Performance Ethnography, Performing Black Feminisms, Yoruba Performance, and Performance and Activism

Minkah Makalani

Assistant Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies  |  512 471 4745  |  JESA232A


Ph.D., 2004, History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


   African Diaspora; intellectual history, theory, and social movements; race and racial formation

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Stephen H Marshall

Associate Professor of American Studies and of African and African Diaspora Studies  |  512.471.4361  |  JES A232


Ph.D., 2002, Government, Harvard University


  Ancient and modern political theory, the history of political thought, 20th century political and social thought, African American political thought; current research focuses on political evil, democratic theory, and race and social justice

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Tshepo Masango Chéry

Assistant Professor  |  512 471-4693  |  JES A232BC


Ph.D., 2012, History, University of Pennsylvania


  African and African Diasporic History with an emphasis on South Africa, the History of Social Movements, and Religious History

Talia McCray

Assistant Professor of Architecture  |  512-471-2708  |  SUT 3.134


Ph.D., 2001, Urban Tech and Environmental Planning, University of Michigan


  Transportation Policy and Planning, Healthcare Access, Quantitative and GIS methods, Sustainable Transportation.

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Eric McDaniel

Associate Professor of Government  |  512-232-7268  |  BAT 4.122


Ph.D., 2004, Political Science, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign


  Study of political behavior with an emphasis on racial and ethnic politics, and religion and politics, Black religious institutions choosing to become involved in politics, Church based political activism, Interaction of race and religion, Religious interpretations and how they ma differ between racial groups and how this might shape political attitudes, Issues related to national pride and national identity

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Leonard N. Moore

Professor of History, Associate Vice-President of the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE)  |  512-475-7254  |  GAR 1.118


Ph.D., 1998, History, Ohio State University


  Modern African American History; black urban history; intersection of race, sport, and hip-hop

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Robin Moore

Professor of Music  |  512.471.0373  |  MBE 3.210


Ph.D., 1995, Music, The University of Texas at Austin


  music and nationalism, music and race relations, popular music study, and socialist art aesthetics.

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Fehintola (Tola) Mosadomi

Assistant Professor of Middle Eastern Studies and of African and African Diaspora Studies  |  512.471.7871  |  WMB 5.120B


Ph.D., 1998, Interdisciplinary Linguistics and Yoruba Phonology, Tulane University


  African languages and linguistics; Creole studies; language pedagogy; gender studies; theoretical and applied linguistics

Moyosore (Moyo) Okediji

Professor of Art and Art History  |  512–471–0126  |  ART 1.210


Ph.D., 1995, African and African American Arts, University of Wisconsin, Madison
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Deborah Paredez

Associate Professor of Theatre and Dance and of English  |  (512) 471-8116  |  PAR 224


Ph.D., 2002, Interdisciplinary
Theatre, Northwestern University


  U.S. Latina/o performance and popular culture, Women and Migration in the US-Mexico Borderlands, Selena Quintanilla Perez

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Tasha Philpot

Associate Professor of Government  |  512-232-3681  |  BAT 4.140


Ph.D., Political Science, University of Michigan


  African-American Politics, Political Psychology, Public Opinion and Political Behavior, Political Communication, and Political Parties

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Richard J. Reddick

Assistant Professor of Educational Administration  |  512-475-8587  |  SZB 374E


Ed.D., 2007, Higher Education, Harvard University


  Mentoring, African-American faculty, African-American families, historically Black colleges and universities

Ellis (Eli) C. Reed

Clinical Professor of Journalism  |  512-471-3938  |  CMA 6.144


A.A..,1969, Pictorial Illustration and Design, Newark School of Fine and Industrial Arts


  Social justice and the effects of war on society, Lives of African-Americans from the 1970s through the end of the 1990s

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Matt Richardson

Associate Professor of English and of African and African Diaspora Studies  |  (512) 471-8700  |  PAR 327


Ph.D., 2005, African Diaspora Studies, University of California, Berkeley


  African diaspora, women and gender studies

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Keith Robinson

Assistant Professor of Sociology  |  512-475-8641, 512-471-8399  |  MAI 2310, BUR 472


Ph.D., 2006, Sociology, University of Michigan


  Education, Social Inequality

Allison Skerrett

Assistant Professor of Curriculum and Instruction  |  (512) 232-4883  |  SZB 334A


Ph.D., 2007, Curriculum and Instruction, Boston College


  Secondary English Curriculum, Adolescent Literacy, Multicultural Education, Sociocultural Influences on Teaching and Learning

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Cherise Smith

Associate Professor in Art History, Associate Professor in African and African Diaspora Studies  |  512-232-1822  |  JES A232


Ph.D., 2005, Art History, Stanford University


  African American and African Diaspora art, the history of photography, contemporary art, and the politics of identity

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Christen Smith

Assistant Professor of Anthropology and African and African Diaspora Studies  |  512.232.6332  |  SAC 5.136


Ph.D., 2007, Cultural and Social Anthropology, Stanford University


  Performance, racial formation, the black body, violence, black women and transnational struggle, black liberation and resistance in the Americas (particularly Brazil and the United States)

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Eric Tang

Assistant Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies  |  (512) 471-4380  |  JES A232BC


Ph.D., 2006, American Studies, New York University


   Racism & Anti-racism; The Poetics of Displacement; Urban Unrest; Activist research

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Kevin Thomas

Assistant Professor of Advertising


Ph.D., 2011, Advertising, University of Texas at Austin


  ulticultural advertising, issues of diversity and marketplace discrimination, and entrepreneurship and marketplace empowerment

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Lisa B. Thompson

Associate Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies  |  512-471-4656  |  Belmont 240A


Ph.D., 2000, Modern Thought & Literature, Stanford University


  African American Literature, Film, Cultural Studies, Black Feminist Theory, Contemporary Black Theatre and Performance

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Shirley E. Thompson

Associate Professor of American Studies and of African and African Diaspora Studies  |  GAR 303C


Ph.D., 2001, History of American Civilization, Harvard University


  African American and African Diaspora Studies; Nineteenth Century US Cultural History; Law and Literature; Slavery and Post-Emancipation Cultures; Cultural Memory

Omise'eke Tinsley

Associate Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies  |  512.471.4637  |  BEL 241A


Ph.D., 2003, Comparative Literature, University of California at Berkeley
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Hélène Tissières

Associate Professor of French  |  471 5531  |  HRH 3.110C


Ph.D., 2001, French, New York University


  African and Caribbean Francophone literatures, African and French film, African contemporary art, African music, Biennale of Dakar.

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Jacqueline Toribio

Professor of Spanish and Portuguese  |  512.232.4523  |  BEN 3.150


Ph.D., 1993, Linguistics, Cornell University


  Bilingualism and Language Contact, Morphology, Syntax, Sociolinguistics, Caribbean Studies, US Latino and Border Studies, Afro-Latin American and African Studies

João H. Costa Vargas

Associate Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies  |  512.232.6591


Ph.D., 1999, Anthropology, University of California, San Diego


  Race, politics, and social inequality, cultural studies, social theory; U.S., Brazil, African diaspora.

Gregory J. Vincent

Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement  |  471-3212  |  MAI 12


Ed.D., University of Pennsylvania
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Juliet E. K. Walker

Professor of History  |  512-471-5581  |  GAR 2-136


Ph.D., 1976, American History, University of Chicago


  African American history, Antebellum Slavery, Black Business History and Political Economy, Black Intellectual history and African American Women's history

S. Craig Watkins

Professor of Radio-Television-Film and of African and African Diaspora Studies  |  512-471-6676  |  WWH 408


Ph.D., 1994, Sociology, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor


  Digital media, education, and social inequality in the U.S.

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Jennifer M. Wilks

Associate Professor of English  |  512.471.8702  |  PAR 329


Ph.D., 2003, Cornell University


  African American literature, African diaspora studies, Caribbean literature, women and gender studies

Helena Woodard

Associate Professor of English  |  471-8703  |  PAR 331


Ph.D., 1991, English, University of North Carolina


  18th century British literature; ethnic and Third World literature; american literature, critical race theory; women, gender, and literature

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