Faculty



Cécile Accilien
Associate Professor of African and African-American Studies, Haitian Creole, Director of the Institute of Haitian Studies, Haitian Creole
785-864-1853
Bailey Hall, room 9

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. 

Shawn Alexander
Associate Professor, Director of the Langston Hughes Center, Graduate Advisor
785-864-3054
Bailey Hall, Rm 9

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 an Associate 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, Honors Coordinator
785-864-3054
Bailey Hall, Rm 9

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.

Naima Boussofara
Associate Professor of Arabic Studies
785-864-3054
Bailey Hall, Rm 9

Dr. Naima Boussofara, a graduate of the universities of Tunis, Exeter (UK), and Austin at Texas, is an associate professor of Arabic Studies. She received her Ph.D in applied linguistics but she also specializes in sociolinguistics. She teaches courses on Arabic language, Arab cultures and societies. She has had teaching experiences at Cornell College in Iowa, and at the universities of Tunis, and Texas at Austin.

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
785-864-3054
Bailey Hall, Rm 9

Jessica Gerschultz is an Assistant Professor of African and African-American Studies. 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 Middle East, the linkages between textiles, gender, and materiality, and the sociopolitical dynamics of artists’ networks. She has conducted comparative fieldwork in Tunisia, Senegal, Switzerland, Kenya, and Oman. 

Jennifer Hamer
Professor of African and African-American Studies, Chair of American Studies, Curriculum Committee Chair
785-864-3054
Bailey Hall, Rm 9

Jennifer F. Hamer received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas-Austin. Her general area of study is the sociological and qualitative study of families, especially those within the United States. Within this broad field, her primary research interests are African American fathers, mothers, and families, especially those that are urban, low-income and working class.

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.

Clarence Lang
Chairperson, Professor
785-864-3054
Bailey Hall, Rm 9

Clarence Lang is an 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
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.

Beverly Mack
Professor of African Studies in the Department of African and African American Studies, Courtesy Professor of Religious Studies, Evaluations Committee Chair
785-864-3054
Bailey Hall, Rm 9

Beverly Mack is a Professor of African Studies in the Department of African and African American Studies and a Courtesy Professor of Religious Studies. She regularly teaches the following courses: Women and Islam, Muslim Women's Autobiography, African Women Writers, and Islamic (Sufi) Literature. Prior to joining KU, Professor Mack taught at Yale University (Hausa language and African literature), Georgetown University (African history), and George Mason University (African literature).​

Peter Ojiambo
Associate Professor of African & African-American Studies, Language Coordinator
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, Grievance Committee 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
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.

 

Emeritus Faculty

Arthur D. Drayton
Professor emeritus of African and African-American Studies
785-864-3054
Bailey Hall, Rm 9
Bryant C. Freeman
Professor Emeritus of African and African American Studies, Founder Univ. of Kansas Institute of Haitian Studies, Former Chair, Univ. of Kansas Dept. of French and Italian
785-864-3054
Bailey Hall, Rm 9
Jacob U. Gordon
Professor Emeritus of African and African-American Studies, Research Fellow of the Institute of Life Span Studies, Executive Director of the Center for Multicultural Leadership
785-864-3054
Bailey Hall, Rm 9

 





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KU announces first Diversity Leadership Awards
Thursday, October 13, 2016


The Langston Hughes Center received a $180,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to conduct a June 2017 summer institute for high school teachers, entitled "Teaching the 'Long Hot Summer' of 1967 and Beyond."  The project will be led by Shawn Alexander, Clarence Lang, and John Rury.


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

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Professor Dorthy Pennington was inducted into the Central States Communication Association Hall of Fame (April 2015)

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