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Shawn Alexander
Professor, Director of the Langston Hughes Center
785-864-5044
Office Hours: TR 9-10AM

Shawn Leigh Alexander, who received his PhD from the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 2004, is a Professor of African and African American Studies and the director of the Langston Hughes Center at the University of Kansas. His area of research concentration is African American social and intellectual history of the 19th and 20th Centuries. 

Anthony Bolden
Associate Professor, Undergraduate Advisor, Curriculum Committee Chair
785-864-3043
Office Hours: T 12:30-1:30PM & W 2-3:30PM

Anthony Bolden (Ph.D., Louisiana State University) is an Associate Professor of African and African-American Studies. His teaching and research interests include African-American music, African-American cultural studies, popular culture, African literature, and ethnic-American literature. He has published extensively on Funk and Blues. Dr. Bolden has previously taught at the University of Alabama, University of Iowa, and Dillard University.

Abel Chikanda
Assistant Professor, Geography and African and African American Studies
785-864-5534
Lindley Hall, room 204

Abel Chikanda (Ph.D., University of Western Ontario) is an Assistant Professor of African & African-American Studies and Geography.  His main research and teaching interests include migration and development, refugee movement, food security, and the informal sector in Africa. He has held teaching positions at several universities in Canada including Western University, Queen’s University and the University of Waterloo.

Lecturer, Islamic Studies
785-864-3054
Bailey Hall, 12E
Peter Ojiambo
Associate Professor of African & African-American Studies, Grievance Committee Chair, on leave Fall 2018
785-864-3054
Bailey Hall, Rm 9

Peter Ojiambo is an Associate Professor of African & African-American Studies. His research focuses on African education, especially in studies on Starehe Boys Center and School of Kenya. He has published in this area and on education, democracy and development. His area of teaching is KiSwahili and he has developed a KiSwahili teaching website. Dr. Ojiambo has held teaching positions at Ohio University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Evaluations
Shawn Alexander
Professor, Director of the Langston Hughes Center
785-864-5044
Office Hours: TR 9-10AM

Shawn Leigh Alexander, who received his PhD from the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 2004, is a Professor of African and African American Studies and the director of the Langston Hughes Center at the University of Kansas. His area of research concentration is African American social and intellectual history of the 19th and 20th Centuries. 

Associate Professor

Dr. Dorothy Hines-Datiri received a Ph.D. in Education Policy from Michigan State University. She holds a Master's Degree in Public Administration from North Carolina Central University graduating Magna Cum Laude, and a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from North Carolina State University. Dr. Hines-Datiri's scholarship explores how race, gender, and space structures school discipline practices and policies, school pushout, and inequality in urban schools. Dr. Hines-Datiri's research examines the racialized and gendered schooling experiences of Black students with a focus on Black girls and girls of color.


 

Dorthy Lee Pennington
Associate Professor of African and African-American Studies, Associate Professor of Communication Studies, Marwa Africana Lecture Series, Chair
785-864-3054
Bailey Hall, Rm 9

Dr. Dorthy Lee Pennington, a graduate of Rust College and the University of Kansas, is an associate professor of African and African-American Studies, and Communication Studies. She is a specialist on intercultural communication and African-American culture, the cultural discourse on trauma/terror and has taught courses on the Rhetoric of African Americans, the Black Woman, Black Male and Female Communications, among others. She has had teaching experiences at Texas Tech University and at the Department of Defense where she taught courses on Race Relations and Equal Opportunity Management.

Peter Ukpokodu
Professor, Evaluation Committee Chair, Grievence Committee, acting chair Fall 2018
785-864-3054
Bailey Hall, Rm 9

Dr. Peter Ukpokodu, a graduate of the Universities of Ibadan and Kansas, is a professor of African and African-American Studies, and a courtesy professor of Theatre and Film.


Grievance
Jessica Gerschultz
Assistant Professor, Director of Graduate Studies, Graduate Committee Chair
785-864-3054
Bailey Hall, Rm 9

Jessica Gerschultz is an Assistant Professor and Graduate Studies Director in the Department of African and African-American Studies at the University of Kansas and a 2018 Hans-Robert Roemer Fellow at the Orient-Institut Beirut. She received her PhD in Art History from Emory University in 2012. Professor Gerschultz's research and teaching interests span modern and contemporary art in Africa and the Arab world, gender and materiality, and feminist art history and methodologies. Her current work centers on transregional articulations of modernism with an emphasis on tapestry and fiber art. 

Randal Jelks
Professor
785-864-9476
Bailey Hall, Room 213N

Jelks is a graduate of South Shore High School (Chicago), the University of Michigan (BA in History), McCormick Theological Seminary (Masters of Divinity) and Michigan State University (Ph.D. in History); he is also an ordained clergy person in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Before joining the faculty of the University of Kansas, Professor Jelks taught at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Peter Ojiambo
Associate Professor of African & African-American Studies, Grievance Committee Chair, on leave Fall 2018
785-864-3054
Bailey Hall, Rm 9

Peter Ojiambo is an Associate Professor of African & African-American Studies. His research focuses on African education, especially in studies on Starehe Boys Center and School of Kenya. He has published in this area and on education, democracy and development. His area of teaching is KiSwahili and he has developed a KiSwahili teaching website. Dr. Ojiambo has held teaching positions at Ohio University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Peter Ukpokodu
Professor, Evaluation Committee Chair, Grievence Committee, acting chair Fall 2018
785-864-3054
Bailey Hall, Rm 9

Dr. Peter Ukpokodu, a graduate of the Universities of Ibadan and Kansas, is a professor of African and African-American Studies, and a courtesy professor of Theatre and Film.


Graduate
Abel Chikanda
Assistant Professor, Geography and African and African American Studies
785-864-5534
Lindley Hall, room 204

Abel Chikanda (Ph.D., University of Western Ontario) is an Assistant Professor of African & African-American Studies and Geography.  His main research and teaching interests include migration and development, refugee movement, food security, and the informal sector in Africa. He has held teaching positions at several universities in Canada including Western University, Queen’s University and the University of Waterloo.

Jessica Gerschultz
Assistant Professor, Director of Graduate Studies, Graduate Committee Chair
785-864-3054
Bailey Hall, Rm 9

Jessica Gerschultz is an Assistant Professor and Graduate Studies Director in the Department of African and African-American Studies at the University of Kansas and a 2018 Hans-Robert Roemer Fellow at the Orient-Institut Beirut. She received her PhD in Art History from Emory University in 2012. Professor Gerschultz's research and teaching interests span modern and contemporary art in Africa and the Arab world, gender and materiality, and feminist art history and methodologies. Her current work centers on transregional articulations of modernism with an emphasis on tapestry and fiber art. 

Elizabeth MacGonagle
Associate Professor of African & African-American Studies, Director of Kansas African Studies Center
785-864-9452
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.


Socials

Marwa Africana Lecture Series
Randal Jelks
Professor
785-864-9476
Bailey Hall, Room 213N

Jelks is a graduate of South Shore High School (Chicago), the University of Michigan (BA in History), McCormick Theological Seminary (Masters of Divinity) and Michigan State University (Ph.D. in History); he is also an ordained clergy person in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Before joining the faculty of the University of Kansas, Professor Jelks taught at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Peter Ojiambo
Associate Professor of African & African-American Studies, Grievance Committee Chair, on leave Fall 2018
785-864-3054
Bailey Hall, Rm 9

Peter Ojiambo is an Associate Professor of African & African-American Studies. His research focuses on African education, especially in studies on Starehe Boys Center and School of Kenya. He has published in this area and on education, democracy and development. His area of teaching is KiSwahili and he has developed a KiSwahili teaching website. Dr. Ojiambo has held teaching positions at Ohio University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Dorthy Lee Pennington
Associate Professor of African and African-American Studies, Associate Professor of Communication Studies, Marwa Africana Lecture Series, Chair
785-864-3054
Bailey Hall, Rm 9

Dr. Dorthy Lee Pennington, a graduate of Rust College and the University of Kansas, is an associate professor of African and African-American Studies, and Communication Studies. She is a specialist on intercultural communication and African-American culture, the cultural discourse on trauma/terror and has taught courses on the Rhetoric of African Americans, the Black Woman, Black Male and Female Communications, among others. She has had teaching experiences at Texas Tech University and at the Department of Defense where she taught courses on Race Relations and Equal Opportunity Management.

Peter Ukpokodu
Professor, Evaluation Committee Chair, Grievence Committee, acting chair Fall 2018
785-864-3054
Bailey Hall, Rm 9

Dr. Peter Ukpokodu, a graduate of the Universities of Ibadan and Kansas, is a professor of African and African-American Studies, and a courtesy professor of Theatre and Film.


Scholarships and Awards
AAAS faculty as needed

Ad Hoc Committees

Undergraduate Advisor
Tony Bolden

Graduate Advisor
Jessica Gerschultz

Language Coordinator
Brenda Wawire

Study Abroad
Brenda Wawire





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