Administrative Staff

Administrative Associate, Office Manager
Bailey Hall, room 9

Shelly joined African & African-American Studies in the Spring of 2019.  She acts as office manager, scheduling officer, and point of contact for faculty, staff, and students.  She attended Baker University as a student and graduated with a business degree.

Lauren Chaney
Graduate Academic Advisor
Lippincott Hall, room 6
AAAS Languages Coordinator, Ph.D, Curriculum & Instruction, Foreign and Second Language
Bailey Hall, room 12A
Student Office Assistant

Zyrie is a Junior studying Social Welfare and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. He works with the Sexual Assault Prevention and Education Center (SAPEC), and is involved in several on-campus activities and clubs.

Social Media Specialist

While at The University of Kansas, Ethan plans to major in Secondary Education, focused in the area of History and Government. He is also involved in many clubs and organizations throughout the campus.

Faculty Administration

Cécile Accilien
Acting Chair, African and African-American Studies, Director of the Institute of Haitian Studies, Associate Professor of African and African-American Studies, Haitian Creole
Office Hours: 10-10:45AM & 2-2:30PM MW

Cécile Accilien is Acting Chair of the African & African-American Studies department, in addition, she is an Associate Professor of  Haitian Studies and Director of the Institute of Haitian Studies in the Department of African and African-American Studies. Her primary areas of interest include Haitian Studies, Gender Studies and Film Studies. 

Clarence Lang
Interim Dean, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Professor, African & African-American Studies
Bailey Hall, Rm 9

Clarence Lang is Professor of African and African-American Studies at The University of Kansas, and a former Langston Hughes Visiting Professor.  He received his Ph.D. in History from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2004. 

Elizabeth MacGonagle
Associate Professor of African & African-American Studies, Director of Kansas African Studies Center
3626 Wescoe Hall

Liz MacGonagle is an African historian in the Departments of History and African & African American Studies. She is the Director of the Kansas African Studies Center (KASC). In her research, she crosses historical, geographical, and theoretical boundaries to link nation, culture, and ethnicity to processes of identity formation in African and Diasporan settings.

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