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Professor and Chairperson of African and African-American Studies, and Director of the Langston Hughes Center
785-864-5044
Bailey Hall, 15 & 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 a Professor and Chair 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.

www.shawnleighalexander.com

Anthony Bolden
Associate Professor of African and African-American Studies, and Director of Undergraduate Studies
785-864-3043
Bailey Hall, 12G

Dr. Tony Bolden is Associate Professor of African and African-American Studies. His teaching and research interests include a broad spectrum of topics related to artistic expression in the African Diaspora, especially black music and literature. His book, Afro-Blue: Improvisations in African American Poetry and Culture (2004), is among the studies that prefigured the outpouring of scholarship devoted to black poetry today. Bolden has also figured prominently in funk studies. His new book, Groove Theory: The Blues Foundation of Funk, will be published in November. You can learn more about Bolden’s work on funk by visiting his website: www.phunkativity.org

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

Peter Ojiambo
Associate Professor of African and African-American Studies
785-864-1070
Bailey Hall, 12F

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
Professor and Chairperson of African and African-American Studies, and Director of the Langston Hughes Center
785-864-5044
Bailey Hall, 15 & 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 a Professor and Chair 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.

www.shawnleighalexander.com

Assistant Professor of African and African-American Studies, and Curriculum & Teaching in the School of Education
785-864-8219
Bailey Hall, 109A

Dr. Dorothy Hines 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' scholarship explores how race, gender, and space structures school discipline practices and policies, school pushout, and inequality in urban schools. Dr. Hines' 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 and Communications Studies
785-864-9883
Bailey Hall, 116J

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 of African and African-American Studies
785-864-3054
Bailey Hall, 12D

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
Associate Professor of African and African-American Studies, and Director of Graduate Studies
785-864-4374
Bailey Hall, 12C

Jessica Gerschultz is an Associate 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 of American Studies and African and African-American Studies
785-864-9476
Bailey Hall, 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 and African-American Studies
785-864-1070
Bailey Hall, 12F

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 of African and African-American Studies
785-864-3054
Bailey Hall, 12D

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
Professor and Chairperson of African and African-American Studies, and Director of the Langston Hughes Center
785-864-5044
Bailey Hall, 15 & 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 a Professor and Chair 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.

www.shawnleighalexander.com

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

Associate Professor of African and African-American Studies, and Director of Graduate Studies
785-864-4374
Bailey Hall, 12C

Jessica Gerschultz is an Associate 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 History and African and African-American Studies, and Director of Kansas African Studies Center
785-864-9452
Wescoe Hall, 3626

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.


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Randal Jelks
Professor of American Studies and African and African-American Studies
785-864-9476
Bailey Hall, 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 and African-American Studies
785-864-1070
Bailey Hall, 12F

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 and Communications Studies
785-864-9883
Bailey Hall, 116J

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 of African and African-American Studies
785-864-3054
Bailey Hall, 12D

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.


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Jessica Gerschultz

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