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Affiliate Faculty

The Institute for African American Studies affiliate faculty are renowned for their research, teaching, and influence in both their respective fields of study and black diaspora studies.

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Faculty Affiliates

Donna Alvermann

Omer Clyde and Elizabeth Parr Aderhold Professor in Education

Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus of Language and Literacy Education


Mary Atwater

Professor of Mathematics and Science Education


Juanita Johnson-Bailey

Professor of Lifelong Education, Administration & Policy

Director of Women Studies


Dawn Bennett-Alexander

Associate Professor Emeritus of Employment Law & Legal Studies


Gene Brody

Regents’ Professor of Child and Family Development

Director of the Center for Family Research


Collette Chapman-Hilliard

Associate Professor

Department of Counseling and Human Development Services 


Jepkorir Rose Chepyator-Thomson

Professor of Kinesiology


Michelle Cook

Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion and Strategic University Initiatives


Sha'Mira Covington

Assistant Professor of Fashion, Department of Textiles, Merchandising, and Interiors


Chris Cuomo

Professor of Philosophy and Women’s Studies


Diane Edison

Professor of Art


Vanessa Gonlin

Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology


Monica Hargrave

Instructor of Music


Jean Kidula

Professor of Musicology/Ethnomusicology


Tony Lowe

Associate Professor of Social Work


Sandy Dwayne Martin

Head and Professor of Religion


Barbara McCaskill

Professor of English

Co-Director, Civil Rights Digital Library Initiative

Associate Academic Director, Willson Center for Humanities & Arts


Reginald McKnight

Hamilton Holmes Professor of English


Diane Miller

Director of Student Academic Services, Franklin College of Arts & Sciences


John Morrow

Professor of History


Akinloye Ojo

Associate Professor of Comparative Literature

Director of African Studies


Rosemary Phelps

Professor & Coordinator of Undergraduate Services, Department of Counseling and Human Development Services


Robert A. Pratt

Professor of History


Daniel Rood

Assistant Professor of History & Director of Graduate Studies


Emily Sahakian

Assistant Professor of Theatre & French, Department of Theatre & Film Studies Undergraduate Coordinator


Karim Traore

Associate Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature


Dorothy White

Associate Professor of Mathematics and Science Education


Kenneth White

Assistant Professor, Department of Financial Planning, Housing, and Consumer Economics


Margaret Wilder

Associate Professor of Counseling & Human Development Services


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