Cécile Accilien is 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. She is the author of Rethinking Marriage In Francophone African and Caribbean Literatures (Lexington Books, 2008). She has also co-edited and contributed to two collections of essays, Revolutionary Freedoms: A History of Survival, Strength and Imagination in Haiti (Caribbean Studies Press, 2006) and Just Below South: Intercultural Performance in the Caribbean and the U.S. South (University of Virginia Press, 2007). She has published book chapters and articles including “Congratulations! You Don’t Look Haitian: How and When Does One Look Haitian?” in Haiti and the Haitian Diaspora in the Wider Caribbean Jowel Laguerre), and “Soleil, sexe et sable Vers le sud” in Ecrits d’Haïti : Perspectives sur la littérature haïtienne contemporaine (1986-2006). She is the co-author (with Jowel Laguerre) of English-Haitian Creole Phrasebook (McGraw Hill, 2010) and Francophone Cultures Through Film (with Nabil Boudraa, ( Focus Publishing, 2013).
Teresa Leslie-Canty, AAAS Lecturer and a Topeka High School teacher, nominated by her students in February, won a free Nissan Versa Tuesday night as the KSNT News and Capital City Nissan of Topeka “Teacher of the Year”. Teresa Leslie-Canty was previously the February “Teacher of the Month” after being nominated by 13 of her students.
Professor Jessica Gerschultz has been awarded the prestigious American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellowship for the 2015-16 academic year. The Fellowship is for her book project, Decorative Arts of the Tunisian Ecole: Fabrications of Modernism, Gender, and Class in Tunisia (1948-1972).
African and African-American studies professor Professor Beverly Mack wins inaugural engaged scholarship award
Professor Dorthy Pennington was inducted into the Central States Communication Association Hall of Fame (April 2015)
Second year AAAS MA student, Caroline Kastor is also a professional athlete. This summer Caroline, former KU soccer standout, signed with FC Kansas City and topped off her rookie season by helping lead the organization to their second straight National Women’s Soccer League championship on October 1, 2015.
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