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Current Faculty

Core Faculty

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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

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Jossianna Arroyo-Martinez

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., 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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Daina Ramey Berry

Associate Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies and of History

drb@austin.utexas.edu

Education   

Ph.D., 1998, University of California, Los Angeles
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Simone A. Browne

Assistant Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies

sbrowne@austin.utexas.edu  |  512-232-5975  |  BEL241

Education   

Ph.D., University of Toronto
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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  |  SZB 262N

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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Juan J. Colomina-Almiñana

Assistant Professor in African and African Diaspora Studies

Colomina-Alminana_Juan@austin.utexas.edu

Education   

Ph.D., University of La Laguna (Tenerife, Spain)

King Davis

Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies, Director of the Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis

king.davis@austin.utexas.edu  |  BEL 224L

Education   

Ph.D., Brandeis, The Florence Heller School
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Kevin Foster

Associate Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies

kmfoster@mail.utexas.edu  |  512-232-8586  |  BEL 240B

Education   

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

Interests

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

Lyndon K. Gill

Assistant Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies

lyndonkgill@utexas.edu  |  BEL 241D

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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  |  BEL 242DA

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  |  BEL 241C

Education   

Ph.D., 1999, 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., University of Michigan

Interests

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

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Charles R. Hale

Professor of Anthropology and of African and African Diaspora Studies

crhale@mail.utexas.edu  |  512.471.7530  |  EPS 2.140

Education   

Ph.D., Stanford University

Interests

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

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Juliet Hooker

Associate Professor of Government and of African and African Diaspora Studies

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

Education   

Ph.D., Cornell University

Interests

  Political Solidarity; Theories of Multiculturalism; Critical Race Theory; Black Political Thought; Latin American Political Thought; Multiculturalism and 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

jonijones@austin.utexas.edu  |  512-471-1784  |  BEL 242B

Education   

Ph.D., New York University

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  |  JES A232A

Education   

Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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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  |  BEL 243C

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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Tshepo Masango Chéry

Assistant Professor

tmchery@austin.utexas.edu  |  512 471-4693  |  JES A232BC

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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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Eric Darnell Pritchard

Assistant Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies

pritchard@austin.utexas.edu  |  BEL 243D

Education   

Ph.D., English, 2008, University of Wisconsin-Madison
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Matt Richardson

Associate Professor of English and of African and African Diaspora Studies

matturichardson@gmail.com  |  PAR 108

Education   

Ph.D., 2005, African Diaspora Studies and Emphasis in Women's and Gender Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Interests

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

Cherise Smith

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

cherise_smith@mail.utexas.edu  |  512-232-1822  |  ART 1.205

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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Christen Smith

Assistant Professor of Anthropology and of African and African Diaspora Studies

christen.smith@austin.utexas.edu  |  512-232-6332  |  EPS 4.130

Education   

Ph.D., Stanford University

Interests

  Brazil; Performance; Race and Racial Formation; Violence; Black and Indigenous Struggles in Latin America; Theater; Social Protest; Grassroots Organizing

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Eric Tang

Assistant Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies

erictang@austin.utexas.edu  |  Belmont Hall 243E

Education   

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

Interests

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

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Lisa B. Thompson

Associate Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies

lbthompson@austin.utexas.edu  |  512-471-4656  |  Belmont 240A

Education   

Ph. D., Program in 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  |  BUR 452

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  |  BEL 241A

João H. Costa Vargas

Associate Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies

costavargas@austin.utexas.edu  |  512.232.6591  |  GRG 234

Education   

Ph.D., University of California, San Diego

Interests

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

Affiliated Faculty

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.

Keisha Bentley

Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology

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

Education   

Ph.D., 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.

Anthony L. Brown

Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction

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

Keffrelyn Brown

Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction

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

Education   

Ph.D., 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., 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   

PhD., Yale University

Interests

  Southern Africa; Women Studies; Historical Memory; 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, University of Ife

Interests

  African History Since 19th Century

Dorie J. Gilbert

Associate Professor of Sociology

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

Education   

Ph.D., 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. Kinesiology, Louisiana State University

Talia McCray

Assistant Professor of Architecture

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

Education   

Ph.D. 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, Assistant Vice-President of the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE)

leonardmoore@austin.utexas.edu

Education   

B.A., 1993, Jackson State University; Ph.D., 1998, The Ohio State University
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Robin Moore

Professor of Music

robin.moore@utexas.edu

Education   

Ph.D., 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. African arts and Diaspora visual cultures, University of Wisconsin, Madison
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Naomi Paik

Assistant Professor of American Studies

naomi.paik@austin.utexas.edu  |  512 232 2876  |  BUR 440

Education   

Ph.D., American Studies, 2009, Yale University
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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., Northwestern University

Interests

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

Richard J. Reddick

Assistant Professor of Educational Administration

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

Education   

Ed.D., Higher Education (2007), 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

Interests

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

Kevin Thomas

Assistant Professor of Advertising

kevin.thomas@utexas.edu

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Jacqueline Toribio

Professor of Spanish and Portuguese

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

Education   

Ph.D., Cornell University
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Julian Vasquez Heilig

Associate Professor of Educational Administration

jvh@mail.utexas.edu  |  (512) 471-8586  |  SZB 374D

Education   

Ph.D., Stanford University

Interests

  Educational Policy, Access and Equity; High-Stakes Testing and Assessment Policies; Minority Issues in Education; Statistical Methods and Applications in Educational Policy Analysis; Sociology of Education; Urban Education.

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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, 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, University of North Carolina

Interests

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

Lecturer

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Brenda Burt

Director of Marketing & Alumni Relations

princekwame@mail.utexas.edu

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