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Omoniyi Afolabi

Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies

afolabi@austin.utexas.edu |
512-232-4510 |
GWB 3.200H

Education: Ph.D, Luso-Brazilian Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Interests: Afro-Brazilian Cultural Studies; Yoruba Diaspora Studies; Lusophone African Literature; Comparative African Diaspora Studies; Latin American Cultural Studies.

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Jossianna Arroyo-Martínez

Professor of Latin American Literatures and Cultures, Dept of Spanish and Portuguese, African and African Diaspora Studies

jarroyo@austin.utexas.edu |
512-232-4536 |
BEN 3.120

Education: Ph.D., 1998, Hispanic Languages and Literatures, University of California at Berkeley

Interests: Latin American, Caribbean, Luso-Brazilian & Afro-Diasporic Literatures & Cultures; Race, Gender & Sexuality in Colonial & Postcolonial Societies; Latin American Literature, Ethnography and Sociology.

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Daina Ramey Berry

Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies and of History

drb@austin.utexas.edu |
GWB 3.116

Education: Ph.D., 1998, United States History, University of California, Los Angeles

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Kevin Cokley, PhD

Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies and of Educational Psychology

kcokley@austin.utexas.edu |
512-471-4672 |
GWB 4.106

Interests: Racial and Ethnic Identity Development; Factors that Impact Academic Achievement of African American Students; Academic Self-Concept; Academic Motivation; Multicultural Psychology and Issues of Race, Ethnicity, and Culture; Afrocentric/African-centered Psychology

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Omi Osun Joni L. Jones

Professor Emerita of African and African Diaspora Studies

omijones@utexas.edu

Education: Ph.D., New York University

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Lisa B. Thompson

Associate Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies

lbthompson@austin.utexas.edu |
512-471-4656 |
GWB 4.122

Education: Ph.D., 2000, Modern Thought & Literature, Stanford University

Interests: African American Literature, Film, Cultural Studies, Black Feminist Theory, Contemporary Black Theatre and Performance

Hershini Young

Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies

hyoung@austin.utexas.edu |
512-471-8592 |
GWB 4.118

Education: Ph.D., 1999, Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Associate Professors


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Simone A. Browne, PhD

 
(on leave)
Associate Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies

sbrowne@austin.utexas.edu |
GWB 3.138

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Kevin Foster

Associate Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies

kmfoster@austin.utexas.edu |
512-471-8467 |
GWB 3.140

Education: Ph.D., 2001, Anthropology, The University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Improvement of Academic Outcomes for African American, Latina/o, and Other Students.

Lyndon K. Gill

Associate Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies

lyndonkgill@utexas.edu |
GWB 3.132

Education: Ph.D., Harvard University

Interests: Queer aesthetics in the African Diaspora, the erotic, LGBT art and activism in Caribbean cultures, African-based spiritual traditions in the Americas, subjectivity and community building.

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Edmund T. Gordon

Associate Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies & Vice Provost for Diversity

etgordon@austin.utexas.edu |
512-232-4231 |
MAI 201

Education: Ph.D., Stanford University

Interests: Culture and Power in the African Diaspora; Gender Studies (particularly Black males); Critical Race Theory; Race Education; Racial Economy of Space and Resources

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Xavier Livermon

Assistant Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies

livermon@utexas.edu |
GWB 3.118

Education: Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

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Minkah Makalani

Associate Professor and graduate Advisor of African and African Diaspora Studies

makalani@austin.utexas.edu |
512-471-4745 |
GWB 2.202B

Education: Ph.D., 2004, History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Interests: African American; Caribbean; Diaspora; Black Political Thought; Intellectual History; Race and Racial Identity; Empire; Coloniality; Hip-Hop

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Stephen H. Marshall

Associate Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies and of American Studies

stephenmarshall@austin.utexas.edu |
512-471-8388 |
GWB 2.116C

Education: Ph.D., 2002, Government, Harvard University

Interests: Ancient and Modern Political Theory; History of Political Thought; 20th Century Political and Social Thought; African American Political Thought; Political Evil; Democratic Theory; Race and Social Justice

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Marcelo J. P. Paixão, PhD

Associate Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies

marcelopaixao@utexas.edu |
512-471-2733 |
GWB 3.142

Interests: Development and Underdevelopment in Brazil, Latin America, and Developing Countries; Racial Inequality; Affirmative Action; Quantitative Methods Applied to Race and Ethnic Injustice; Labor Market; Public Policies Monitoring and Evaluation; Poverty Reduction Programs; Educational and Health Systems; Land Reform

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Cherise Smith

Chair & Associate Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies, Executive Director of the Galleries at Black Studies

cherise_smith@utexas.edu |
512-471-8043 |
GWB 3.124

Education: Ph.D., Stanford University

Interests: American Art After 1945; The Intersection of Art with Race and Gender; African American Art and Visual Culture; Performance and Conceptual Art Practices; History of Photography; Politics of Identity

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Christen Smith, PhD

Associate Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies and of Anthropology

christen.smith@austin.utexas.edu |
512-232-6332 |
GWB 3.112

Interests: Blackness, performance, racial formation, violence, Black women and transnational struggle, Black liberation and resistance in the Americas (particularly Brazil and the United States)

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Eric Tang, PhD

Associate Professor and Associate Chair of African and African Diaspora Studies

erictang@utexas.edu |
GWB 3.136

Interests: Racism & Anti-racism; The Poetics of Displacement; Urban Unrest; Activism; Afro-Asian Encounters

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Shirley E. Thompson

Associate Professor and Associate Chair of African and African Diaspora Studies; Associate Professor of American Studies

s.thompson@mail.utexas.edu |
GWB 2.116A

Education: Ph.D., 2001, History of American Civilization, Harvard University

Interests: Creole Studies/Creolization; American Studies; Black Film; Diasporic Politics

Assistant Professors


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Abimbola Adelakun

Assistant Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies

adelakun@austin.utexas.edu |
512-232-5430 |
GWB 3.120

Education: Ph.D., 2017, Theatre and Dance, The University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Modern African culture with focus on theatre and performance, Pentecostalism and pentecostal culture, indigenous African religions, religious creativity, Yoruba studies, and black popular culture.

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Bedour Alagraa

Assistant Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies

bedour.alagraa@austin.utexas.edu |
512-471-4693 |
GWB 3.108

Education: Ph.D., Africana Studies, Brown University

Interests: Political theory, Caribbean political thought, Black Marxism(s), African anti-colonial thought

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Nicole Burrowes

Assistant Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies

nburrowes@utexas.edu |
512-232-6591 |
GWB 3.200D

Interests: Comparative histories of racialization and colonialism; Black transnationalism; social movements; women of color organizing; film.

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Ashley D. Farmer

Assistant Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies and History

adf@austin.utexas.edu |
512-475-7971 |
GWB 3.200J

Education: Ph.D., Harvard University

Interests: African American History, African American Women’s History, Black Political Thought.

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Yasmiyn Irizarry, PhD

Assistant Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies

yirizarry@austin.utexas.edu |
GWB 2.116F

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Mónica Jiménez

Assistant Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies

majimenez@utexas.edu |
512-471-4126 |
GWB 3.110

Education: Ph.D., 2015, History; J.D., 2007, The University of Texas at Austin

Interests: History of empire, law and race, 20th Century nationalist movements, racialization in the Caribbean, human rights in Latin American and the Caribbean, colonialism and neocolonial practices

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Pavithra Vasudevan

Assistant Professor of Women's & Gender Studies and African & African Diaspora Studies

pavithra@austin.utexas.edu |
512-471-0762 |
GWB 3.200F

Education: Ph.D., 2018, Geography, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Lecturers


Patrick Walter

Lecturer of African and African Diaspora Studies

pfwalt@austin.utexas.edu

Education: Ph.D., 2012, English, University at Buffalo, SUNY

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Traci-Ann Wint

Lecturer of African and African Diaspora Studies

trwint@utexas.edu |
512-471-8525 |
GWB 3.200M

Education: Ph.D., African and African Diaspora Studies, The University of Texas at Austin

Affiliated


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Charles O. Anderson

Associate Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies and of Theatre and Dance

charles.o.anderson@austin.utexas.edu |
WIN 1.142

Education: M.F.A., 2002, Choreography, Temple University

Interests: African Diaspora and African American (Black) vernacular and concert dance history, Black dance aesthetics, Afrocentric dance pedagogy, choreography and dance composition, contemporary dance, Afrofuturism, critical race theory in dance

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Germine Awad

Associate Professor of Educational Psychology

gawad@austin.utexas.edu |
512-471-0526 |
SZB 506H

Interests: Attitude Development Expression; Prejudice and Discrimination; Ethnic and Racial Identity; Arab- and African- American Identity; Acculturation; Immigration; Affirmative Action; Self-Image of Black Women.

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Anthony L. Brown, PhD

Professor of Curriculum and Instruction

alb@austin.utexas.edu |
512-232-3902 |
SZB 428L

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Keffrelyn Brown, PhD

Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction

keffrelyn@austin.utexas.edu |
512-232-4257 |
SZB 406

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Charlotte Canning

Professor of Theatre and Dance

charlottecanning@mail.utexas.edu |
512-471-5793 |
WIN 2.158

Education: Ph.D., University of Washington

Ashley Coleman Taylor

Assistant Professor

ashleycolemantaylor@austin.utexas.edu |
BUR

Education: PhD, Emory University

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Toyin Falola

Professor of History; Jacob & Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities

toyinfalola@austin.utexas.edu |
512-475-7224 |
GAR 2.142

Education: Ph.D., 1981, History, University of Ife

Interests: African History Since 19th Century

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Caroline Faria

Assistant Professor of Geography and the Environment

cvfaria@austin.utexas.edu |
RLP 3.306

Education: Ph.D., University of Washington, WA

Interests: Feminist political and economic geographies; feminist methodologies; intersections of race and gender; gender and nationalism; Africa and the African diaspora (specifically Uganda and South Sudan); the beauty trade and beauty technologies

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Maria Franklin

Associate Professor of Anthropology

mfranklin@austin.utexas.edu |
512-471-8513 |
SAC 4.150

Education: Ph.D., Anthropology, University of California at Berkeley

Interests: Historical archaeology, archaeological theory, African Diaspora studies, race and gender

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Laurie B. Green

Associate Professor of History

lbgreen@austin.utexas.edu |
512-475-7245 |
GAR 2.116

Education: Ph.D., University of Chicago

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Terrance Green, PhD

Assistant Professor of Educational Administration

tgreen@austin.utexas.edu |
SZB 310

Interests: Dr. Green's research focuses on the nexus of urban school reform and socially just community development. Additionally, his research interests include ways that urban policy can be leveraged to improve educational outcomes and community development in low-income neighborhoods of color.

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Louis Harrison, PhD

Charles H. Spence, Sr. Centennial Professor in Education

lharrison@austin.utexas.edu |
512-232-4785 |
SZB 428M

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Talia McCray

Assistant Professor of Architecture

tmccray@austin.utexas.edu |
512-471-2708 |
SUT 3.134

Education: Ph.D., 2001, Urban Tech and Environmental Planning, University of Michigan

Interests: Transportation Policy and Planning, Healthcare Access, Quantitative and GIS methods, Sustainable Transportation.

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Olivia Mena

Postdoctoral Affiliate, Princeton University

oliviamena@austin.utexas.edu

Education: Ph.D., London School of Economics and Political Science

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Robin Moore

Professor of Ethnomusicology

robin.moore@austin.utexas.edu |
512-471-0373 |
MBE 3.210

Education: Ph.D., 1995, Music, The University of Texas at Austin

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Fikile Nxumalo

Assistant Professor of Curriculum and Instruction

fnxumalo@austin.utexas.edu |
SZB 528B

Education: Ph.D., Early Childhood Studies, University of Victoria

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Chelsi West Ohueri

Assistant Professor

chelsiwestohueri@austin.utexas.edu |
512-232-9129 |
BUR 462

Education: Ph.D., Sociocultural Anthropology, The University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Race and Racialization, Belonging, Romani Studies, Health Disparities, Medical Anthropology, Place and Displacement, Southeastern Europe

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Moyosore (Moyo) Okediji

Professor of Art and Art History

moyo.okediji@mail.utexas.edu |
512-471-0126 |
ART 1.210

Education: Ph.D., 1995, African and African American Arts, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Samantha Pinto

Associate Professor of English

samantha.pinto@utexas.edu |
PAR 324

Interests: African and African Diaspora Literature, Film, & Culture, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Transnational Feminist Theory, Postcolonial Theory

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Richard J. Reddick, EdD

Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy

richard.reddick@austin.utexas.edu |
512-475-8587 |
SZB 374E

Interests: Mentoring, African-American faculty, African-American families, historically Black colleges and universities

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Allison Skerrett, PhD

Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction

askerrett@austin.utexas.edu |
512-232-4883 |
SZB 334A

Interests: Secondary English Curriculum, Adolescent Literacy, Multicultural Education, Sociocultural Influences on Teaching and Learning

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Almeida Jacqueline Toribio

Professor of Spanish and Portuguese

toribio@austin.utexas.edu |
512-471-4936 |
BEN 2.116

Education: Ph.D., 1993, Linguistics, Cornell University

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Juliet E. K. Walker

Professor of History

jekwalker@austin.utexas.edu |
512-471-5581 |
GAR 2-136

Education: Ph.D., 1976, American History, University of Chicago

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Jennifer M. Wilks

Associate Professor of English

jmwilks@austin.utexas.edu |
512-471-8702 |
PAR 329

Education: Ph.D., 2003, Cornell University

Interests: African American Literature; African Diaspora Studies; Caribbean Literature; Women and Gender Studies

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Helena Woodard

Associate Professor of English

hwood@austin.utexas.edu |
512-471-8703 |
PAR 331

Education: Ph.D., 1991, English, University of North Carolina

Interests: 18th Century British Literature; Ethnic and Third World Literature; American Literature, Critical Race Theory; Women, Gender, and Literature