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Current Faculty

Professors

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Jossianna Arroyo-Martínez

Professor of Latin American Literatures and Cultures, Dept of Spanish and Portuguese, African and African Diaspora Studies

jarroyo@austin.utexas.edu  |  512-232-4536  |  BEN 3.120

Education   

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

Interests

  Latin American, Caribbean, Luso-Brazilian & Afro-Diasporic Literatures & Cultures; Race, Gender & Sexuality in Colonial & Postcolonial Societies; Latin American Literature, Ethnography and Sociology.

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Kevin Cokley

Professor of Educational Psychology and of African and African Diaspora Studies

kevin.cokley@mail.utexas.edu  |  (512) 471-7498  |  BLS 4.106

Education   

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

Interests

  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

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Charles R. Hale

Professor of Anthropology and of African and African Diaspora Studies

crhale@mail.utexas.edu  |  512.471.7530  |  BLS 4.113

Education   

Ph.D., 1996, Anthropology, Stanford University

Interests

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

Associate Professors

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Omoniyi Afolabi

Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese and of African and African Diaspora Studies

afolabi@austin.utexas.edu  |  512-232-4510  |  BEN 3.110

Education   

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

Interests

  Afro-Brazilian Cultural Studies; Yoruba Diaspora Studies; Lusophone African Literature; Comparative African Diaspora Studies; Latin American Cultural Studies.

Charles O. Anderson

Associate Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies and of Theatre and Dance

charles.o.anderson@austin.utexas.edu  |  WIN 1.142

Education   

M.F.A., 2002, Choreography, Temple University
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Daina Ramey Berry

Associate Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies and of History

drb@austin.utexas.edu  |  BLS 3.116

Education   

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

Associate Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies

kmfoster@mail.utexas.edu  |  512-232-8586  |  BLS 3.200D

Education   

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

Interests

  Improvement of Academic Outcomes for African American, Latina/o, and Other Students.

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Edmund T. Gordon

Associate Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies, Chair of AADS Department

etgordon@mail.utexas.edu  |  512-471-8043  |  BLS 3.124

Education   

Ph.D., Stanford University

Interests

  Culture and Power in the African Diaspora; Gender Studies (particularly Black males); Critical Race Theory; Race Education; Racial Economy of Space and Resources

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Kali Gross

Associate Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies and Associate Chair of AADS

kngross@mail.utexas.edu  |  BLS 3.112

Education   

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

Interests

  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, Director of the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies

fguridy@austin.utexas.edu  |  JES A232A

Education   

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

Interests

  African Diaspora Studies; Latina/Latino America; Black Transnational Community

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Juliet Hooker

Associate Professor of Government and of African and African Diaspora Studies

juliethooker@austin.utexas.edu  |  512.232.7273  |  MEZ 3.146

Education   

Ph.D., Cornell University

Interests

  Black Political Thought; Latin American Political Thought; Political Solidarity; Theories of Multiculturalism; Black 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

jonijones@austin.utexas.edu  |  512-471-1784  |  BLS 3.134

Education   

Ph.D., New York University
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Stephen H Marshall

Associate Professor of American Studies and of African and African Diaspora Studies

stephenmarshall@austin.utexas.edu  |  512.471.4361  |  BLS 2.116

Education   

Ph.D., 2002, Government, Harvard University

Interests

  Ancient and Modern Political Theory; History of Political Thought; 20th Century Political and Social Thought; African American Political Thought; Political Evil; Democratic Theory; Race and Social Justice

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Matt Richardson

Associate Professor of English and of African and African Diaspora Studies

matturichardson@gmail.com  |  BLS 3.200M

Education   

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

Interests

  Black LGBTQ/Queer Theory; Literature; Theatre; Sexuality and Feminism Studies

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Cherise Smith

Associate Professor of Art and Art History and of African and African Diaspora Studies

cherise_smith@utexas.edu  |  512-232-1822  |  BLS 2.202

Education   

Ph.D., Stanford University

Interests

  American Art After 1945; The Intersection of Art with Race and Gender; African American Art and Visual Culture; Performance and Conceptual Art Practices; History of Photography; Politics of Identity

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Lisa B. Thompson

Associate Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies

lbthompson@austin.utexas.edu  |  512-471-4656  |  BLS 4.122

Education   

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

Interests

  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

s.thompson@mail.utexas.edu  |  BLA 2.116A

Education   

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

Interests

  Creole Studies/Creolization; American Studies; Black Film; Diasporic Politics

Omise'eke Tinsley

Associate Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies

omiseeketinsley@gmail.com  |  BLS 3.200E

Education   

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

João H. Costa Vargas

Associate Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies

costavargas@austin.utexas.edu  |  512.232.6591  |  BLS 3.140

Education   

Ph.D., University of California, San Diego

Interests

  Black Diaspora Communities; Racism and Anti-Racism; Male Blackness; Black Politics.

Assistant Professors

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Simone A. Browne

Assistant Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies

sbrowne@austin.utexas.edu  |  512-232-5975  |  BLS 3.138

Education   

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

Lyndon K. Gill

Assistant Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies

lyndonkgill@utexas.edu  |  BLS 3.132

Education   

Ph.D., Harvard University

Interests

  Queer aesthetics in the African Diaspora, the erotic, LGBT art and activism in Caribbean cultures, African-based spiritual traditions in the Americas, subjectivity and community building.

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Yasmiyn Irizarry

Assistant Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies

yirizarry@austin.utexas.edu  |  BLS 2.116

Education   

Ph.D., Indiana University, Bloomington

Xavier Livermon

Assistant Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies

livermon@utexas.edu  |  BEL 242D

Education   

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

Minkah Makalani

Assistant Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies

makalani@austin.utexas.edu  |  512 471 4745  |  BLS 3.114

Education   

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

Assistant Professor

tmchery@austin.utexas.edu  |  512 471-4693  |  BLS 3.108

Education   

Ph.D., 2012, History, University of Pennsylvania
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Fehintola (Tola) Mosadomi

Assistant Professor of Middle Eastern Studies and of African and African Diaspora Studies

mosadom@mail.utexas.edu  |  512.471.7871  |  WMB 5.120B

Education   

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

Interests

  Language Pedagogy; African Linguistics; Gender and Power; Language and Gender; Yoruba Phonology; Gender and Islam Among the Yoruba; Louisiana Creole Studies; Poetry in French, English, and Yoruba

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Christen Smith

Assistant Professor of Anthropology and of African and African Diaspora Studies

christen.smith@austin.utexas.edu  |  512-232-6332  |  BLS 3.112

Education   

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

Interests

  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 Department, Faculty Fellow, Institute for Urban Policy Research & Analysis; Division of Diversity and Community Engagement

erictang@austin.utexas.edu  |  BLS 3.136

Education   

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

Interests

   Racism & Anti-racism; The Poetics of Displacement; Urban Unrest; Activism; Afro-Asian Encounters

Affiliated

Germine Awad

Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology

gawad@austin.utexas.edu  |  512-471-0526  |  SZB 506H

Education   

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

Interests

  Attitude Development Expression; Prejudice and Discrimination; Ethnic and Racial Identity; Arab- and African- American Identity; Acculturation; Immigration; Affirmative Action; Self-Image of Black Women.

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Keisha Bentley-Edwards

Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology

keisha.bentley@mail.utexas.edu  |  512-471-2755  |  SZB 506J

Education   

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

Interests

  Promoting healthy development throughout the lifespan for Black Americans; using cultural strengths to promote resilience; racial socialization and identity in Black and White youth; racial cohesion & dissonance; racism & discrimination; school/community stressors including violence, aggression and bullying; racial stress in teachers; intersection of race and gender issues facing Black men and women.

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Anthony L. Brown

Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction

anthony.brown25@mail.utexas.edu  |  512-232-3902  |  SZB 428L

Education   

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

Keffrelyn Brown

Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction

keffrelyn@mail.utexas.edu  |  512-232-4257  |  SZB 406

Education   

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

Charlotte Canning

Professor of Theatre and Dance

charlottecanning@mail.utexas.edu  |  512 471 5793  |  WIN 2.158

Education   

Ph.D., University of Washington
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Ben Carrington

Associate Professor of Sociology

bcarrington@austin.utexas.edu  |  512-232-6341  |  CLA 3.734

Education   

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

Interests

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

Michael Ray Charles

Professor of Art and Art History

mrcharles@mail.utexas.edu  |  512-471-1090  |  ART 1.102

Education   

M.F.A., University of Houston
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Ruramisai Charumbira

Assistant Professor of History

r-c@austin.utexas.edu  |  GAR 0.134

Education   

Ph.D., 2006, History, Yale University

Interests

   African and Global History; Historical Memory;Women's and Gender History; Ethno-archaeology

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Toyin Falola

Professor of History; Frances Higginbotham Nalle Centennial Professorship in History

toyinfalola@austin.utexas.edu  |  512-475-7224  |  GAR 2.142

Education   

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

Interests

  African History Since 19th Century

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Maria Franklin

Associate Professor of Anthropology and of African and African Diaspora Studies

mfranklin@austin.utexas.edu  |  (512) 471-8513  |  SAC 4.150

Education   

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

Interests

  Historical Archaeology; Comparative Colonialism and Slavery; African Diaspora Studies; Ethics and Politics of Archaeology; Archaeological Theory; Public History and Cultural Politics; Race and Racism; Gender and Feminist Theory; Black Cultural Studies

Dorie J. Gilbert

Associate Professor of Sociology

dgm@mail.utexas.edu  |  512-471-8229  |  SSW 3.130H

Education   

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

Interests

  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.

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Laurie B. Green

Associate Professor of History

lbgreen@austin.utexas.edu  |  512 475 7245  |  GAR 2.116

Education   

Ph.D., 1999, University of Chicago

Louis Harrison

Professor of Curriculum and Instruction

lharrison@mail.utexas.edu  |  (512) 232-4785  |  SZB 428M

Education   

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

Talia McCray

Assistant Professor of Architecture

tmccray@austin.utexas.edu  |  512-471-2708  |  SUT 3.134

Education   

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

Interests

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

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Leonard N. Moore

Professor of History, Associate Vice-President of the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE)

leonardmoore@austin.utexas.edu

Education   

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

Professor of Music

robin.moore@austin.utexas.edu

Education   

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

Moyosore (Moyo) Okediji

Professor of Art and Art History

moyo.okediji@mail.utexas.edu  |  512.471.0126  |  ART 1.210

Education   

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

paredez@austin.utexas.edu  |  (512) 232-7370  |  WMB 5.114

Education   

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

Interests

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

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Richard J. Reddick

Assistant Professor of Educational Administration

richard.reddick@austin.utexas.edu  |  512-475-8587  |  SZB 374E

Education   

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

Interests

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

Allison Skerrett

Assistant Professor of Curriculum and Instruction

askerrett@mail.utexas.edu  |  (512) 232-4883  |  SZB 334A

Education   

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

Interests

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

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Kevin Thomas

Assistant Professor of Advertising

kevin.thomas@utexas.edu

Education   

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

Professor of Spanish and Portuguese

toribio@austin.utexas.edu  |  512-471-4936  |  BEN 2.116

Education   

Ph.D., 1993, Linguistics, Cornell University
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Juliet E. K. Walker

Professor of History

jekwalker@austin.utexas.edu  |  512-471-5581  |  GAR 2-136

Education   

Ph.D., 1976, American History, University of Chicago
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Jennifer M. Wilks

Associate Professor of English

jmwilks@austin.utexas.edu  |  512-471-8702  |  PAR 329

Education   

Ph.D., 2003, Cornell University

Interests

  African American Literature; African Diaspora Studies; Caribbean Literature; Women and Gender Studies

Helena Woodard

Associate Professor of English

hwood@austin.utexas.edu  |  512-471-8703  |  PAR 331

Education   

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

Interests

  18th Century British Literature; Ethnic and Third World Literature; American Literature, Critical Race Theory; Women, Gender, and Literature

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