• Home
  • Academics
  • Advising


Our Department is involved in the mission of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - to assist students in the development of educational plans, the clarification of career and life goals, and the appreciation of the values of a liberal arts education. Our system is one of shared responsibility in which all members of our Department and the College (faculty, students, and staff) interact to achieve advising goals and desired student outcomes.

Our goal in advising is to help each student reach his or her maximum educational potential. This goal is achieved by providing the student with the best possible academic advice, including the timely selection of an area of concentration, course work related to a chosen concentration, and other opportunities within and outside our Department.

Our Department collaborates with the Undergraduate Advising Center, College Advising & Student Services (CASS), and the College Office of Graduate Affairs (COGA) in matters of advising.

Here is a list of faculty advisors in our Department. Faculty advise in all areas, but we have listed their area(s) of specialty:

Shawn Leigh Alexander African American Studies & African Diaspora shawnalexander@ku.edu
Tony Bolden African American Studies tjbolden@ku.edu
Abel Chikanda African Studies achikanda@ku.edu
Amal El Haimeur Arabic Language & Arabic & Islamic Studies amalelhaimeur@ku.edu

Nicole Hodges Persley

African American Studies hodgespersley@ku.edu
Jessica Gerschultz African Studies & Arabic & Islamic Studies
Dorothy Hines African American Studies dhinesd@ku.edu
Randal Jelks African American Studies & African Diaspora
Elizabeth MacGonagle African Studies & African Diaspora
Peter Ojiambo African Studies & African Languages
Dorthy Pennington African American Studies
Kathryn Rhine African Studies krhine@ku.edu
Peter Ukpokodu African Studies
Brenda Wawire African Languages & African Studies wawireb@ku.edu
James Yeku African Studies & Digital Humanities jyeku@ku.edu

These are advisors for the languages:

Amharic: Brenda Wawire
Arabic: Amal El Haimeur amalelhaimeur@ku.edu
Haitian Creole: Brenda Wawire
Kiswahili: Brenda Wawire wawireb@ku.edu
Somali: Brenda Wawire wawireb@ku.edu
Wolof: Brenda Wawire wawireb@ku.edu






Intellectual Vision & Mission
What is Africana Studies?
Course Listing
Our Academic Programs

Some of what you should know about AAAS


Make a difference

Follow us:

Follow CREES on Twitter  Follow CREES on Instagram  Follow Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies on Facebook    Follow CREES on Youtube   spotify logo – Coffee, It's a Helluva Drug

Follow us:
KU Today
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
5th nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets: Colleges," Military Times