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African and African-American Studies
Bailey Hall, Rm 9
1440 Jayhawk Blvd,
Lawrence, KS, 66045

William H. Adams
GTA, African-American Studies
Bailey Hall, 9

PhD Candidate, American Studies, University of Kansas
Graduate Certificate Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, University of Kansas

M.A. History, Chicago State University
B.A. History and African American Studies, Chicago State University

Multi-Term Lecturer, Arabic & Islamic Studies
Bailey Hall, 9

Dr Ben baba earned her Ph.D. in Adult and Continuing Education and a master’s in urban and Community Planning from Auburn University. She earned an additional degree in Cultural Studies and a Bachelor in English Literature from Mohamed V University in Morocco. Dr Ben baba’s research interests include online learning communities, online distance education learning environment in the foreign language classroom, the incorporation of cultural forms (films, literature, space, built environment, music, popular culture) in second language teaching and learning. Further teaching interests include Middle Eastern and North African sub-cultures, gender and diaspora.

Lecturer, Wolof
Bailey Hall, 9

PhD Candidate, Public Policy Analysis, Nelson Mandela College of Government and Social Sciences
Southern University & A&M College, Baton Rouge, LA

M.A. Public Adminstration, Nelson Mandela College of Government and Social Sciences
Southern University & A&M College, Baton Rouge, LA

B.A. English Studies, African Literature and Civilization
Cheikh Anta Diop University, Dakar, Senegal

Lecturer, Haitian Creole
Bailey Hall, 9
Teresa Lesli-Canty
Lecturer, African-American Studies
Bailey Hall, 9
Sarah Ngoh
Lecturer, African and African-American Studies
Bailey Hall, 9

PhD in English (University of Kansas), M.A. in Women's and Gender Studies (University of Louisville), M.A. in Pan-African Studies (University of Louisville), B.A. in English literature (Ottawa University). Areas of interest: African literature, African masculinities, nationalisms, post-colonial theory, gender and sexuality theory, feminist theory, American protest literature, contemporary Native American literature and criticism, African American literature, and criticism and writing pedagogy. Sarah also specializes in awesomeness!

Hannington Omwodo Ochwada
Multi-Term Lecturer, African History
Wescoe Hall, 4002

Hannington Ochwada is a lecturer of African History in the departments of History and of African and African-American Studies. Originally from Kenya and a native Kiswahili speaker, he has taught in the U.S for many years. His research focuses on gender and sexuality in East Africa and introduces students and community members to concepts of global Islam and religious syncretism.

Lecturer, Kiswahili
Bailey Hall, 9

Dr. Hilda Pembe is a Kiswahili lecturer in the Department of African & African-American Studies. Dr. Pembe was born and raised in Tanzania. She attained both a Bachelor Degree of Arts in Education and a Master of Arts in Linguistics at The University of Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) where she majored in Swahili language. She also holds a P.h.D in Swahili language form Moi University in Kenya. Dr. Pembe won a Fulbright Language Teaching Assistantship scholarship, and taught she taught Swahili as a foreign language at Stetson University in Florida from 2007 to 2008.

Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA), Arabic
Bailey Hall, 9

Rania Rafraf, Fulbright scholar, is a Foreign /Second language Teaching Assistant at the University of Kansas. She is a multilingual linguist. She speaks Arabic, English and French fluently with a basic proficiency level of Turkish and Italian languages. She earned her M. Sc in Applied Linguistics from the Higher Institute of Languages of Tunis, Tunisia.

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