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Who We Are

  1. Department Head
  2. Faculty
  3. Emeritus Professors
  4. Affiliate Faculty
  5. Staff
  6. Graduate Students
  7. Recent Graduates
  8. Academic Advisor

Department Head

Cynthia A. Young

  • Department Head, African American Studies Department
  • Associate Professor of African American Studies and English

cay9@psu.edu

Faculty

Keith Gilyard

  • Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of English and African American Studies
  • Director of Graduate Studies

(814) 865-9123

rkg3@psu.edu

Abraham Khan

  • Assistant Professor of African American Studies and Communication Arts and Sciences

(814) 863-8966

axk418@psu.edu

Charles Lumpkins

  • Assistant Teaching Professor of Labor and Employment Relations

(814) 867-0368

cll116@psu.edu

Maha Marouan

  • Associate Professor of African American Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

(814) 867-4269

mzm24@psu.edu

David McBride

  • Professor of African American Studies and African American History

(814) 865-5256

dqm9@psu.edu

AnneMarie Mingo

  • Assistant Professor of African American Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

(814) 867-5954

axm583@psu.edu

Zachary R. Morgan

  • Associate Professor of History and African American Studies

(814) 863-8080

zzm20@psu.edu

Courtney Morris

  • Assistant Professor of African American Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

(814) 867-5953

cdm259@psu.edu

Matthew Omelsky

  • Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow

muo312@psu.edu

Crystal R. Sanders

  • Associate Professor of African American Studies and History
  • Director, Africana Research Center

(814) 863-7303

crs19@psu.edu

Paul C. Taylor

  • Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies in the College of the Liberal Arts and Professor of Philosophy and African American Studies

(814) 865-1438

pct2@psu.edu

Darryl Thomas

  • Associate Professor of African American Studies

(814) 863-2427

dct10@psu.edu

Timeka Tounsel

  • Assistant Professor of African American Studies and Media Studies

(814) 865-9496

tnt14@psu.edu

Nan Elizabeth Woodruff

  • Professor of African American Studies and Modern U.S. History

(814) 865-3796

new7@psu.edu

Emeritus Professors

Vincent Colapietro

  • Liberal Arts Research Professor of Philosophy and African American Studies

(814) 865-1618

vxc5@psu.edu

Lovalerie King

  • Emeritus Professor of African American Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Affiliate Faculty

Robert Bernasconi

  • Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Philosophy and African American Studies

(814) 865-6398

rlb43@psu.edu

B. Stephen Carpenter II

  • Professor of Art Education and African American Studies

(814) 863-7314

bsc5@psu.edu

Ebony Coletu

  • Assistant Professor of English and African American Studies

(814) 863-2343

euc179@psu.edu

Amira Davis

  • Assistant Professor of History and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies

ard51@psu.edu

Justin De Senso

  • Lecturer of English and African American Studies
  • Penn State Berks

(610) 396-6378

jxd367@psu.edu

Niki Dickerson von Lockette

  • Associate Professor of Labor and Employment Relations and African American Studies

ntd10@psu.edu

Emily Grosholz

  • Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Philosophy, English, and African American Studies

(814) 865-1676

erg2@psu.edu

Joshua Inwood

  • Associate Professor of Geography and African American Studies
  • Senior Research Associate in the Rock Ethics Institute

(814) 865-3433

jfi6@psu.edu

Royel Montel Johnson

  • Assistant Professor of Education and African American Studies

rmj19@psu.edu

Gary King

  • Professor of Biobehavioral Health and African American Studies

(814) 863-8184

gxk14@psu.edu

Wanda Knight

  • Associate Professor of Art Education, African American Studies, and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

wbk10@psu.edu

Shirley Moody-Turner

  • Associate Professor of English and African American Studies

(814) 863-9584

scm18@psu.edu

Jeanine Staples

  • Associate Professor of Education (LLED) and African American Studies

(814) 867-2734

jms1098@psu.edu

Kirt H. Wilson

  • Associate Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences and African American Studies

(814) 865-1985

khw2@psu.edu

Staff

Billie Moslak

  • Administrative Support Assistant

(814) 863-4243

bjm34@psu.edu

Millie Rodriguez

  • Administrative Support Assistant, Sawyer Seminar Series

(814) 863-1749

mxr199@psu.edu

Ashley Scott

  • Administrative Support Assistant

(814) 863-4243

ams87@psu.edu

Jason Traverse

  • Events Coordinator

(814) 867-4561

jdt191@psu.edu

Jamie Whitehead

  • Undergraduate and Graduate Staff Assistant

(814) 863-4243

jle1@psu.edu

Graduate Students

Jeremy Adams

  • Ph.D. Candidate – Philosophy and African American and Diaspora Studies

jma41@psu.edu

Akash Belsare

  • Ph.D. Candidate – English and African American and Diaspora Studies

ayb121@psu.edu

D'Angelo Bridges

  • Ph.D. Candidate – English and African American and Diaspora Studies

dab496@psu.edu

Tiesha Cassel

  • Ph.D. Candidate - Philosophy and African American and Diaspora Studies

tac47@psu.edu

Richard Daily

  • Ph.D. Candidate – History and African American and Diaspora Studies

rdd25@psu.edu

Brandon Erby

  • Ph.D. Candidate – English and African American and Diaspora Studies

bue114@psu.edu

Gabriel Green

  • Ph.D. Candidate – English and African American and Diaspora Studies

gkg5081@psu.edu

Michael Hicks

  • Ph.D. Candidate – History and African American and Diaspora Studies

muh301@psu.edu

ShaVonte Mills

  • Ph.D. Candidate – History and African American and Diaspora Studies

skm5577@psu.edu

Ciara Newton

  • Ph.D. Candidate – Art Education and African American and Diaspora Studies

cpn5035@psu.edu

Mudiwa Pettus

  • Ph.D. Candidate – English and African American and Diaspora Studies

mmp258@psu.edu

Tyler Sperrazza

  • Ph.D. Student – History and African American and Diaspora Studies

txs392@psu.edu

Kierstan Thomas

  • Ph.D. Candidate – Philosophy and African American and Diaspora Studies

kxt96@psu.edu

Recent Graduates

Jazmine Amanda Alexander

  • Graduating Class: December 2015
  • Major: Economics
  • Minor: African American Studies

Mariatu Bah

  • Graduating Class: December 2016
  • Major: Health Policy and Administration
  • Minor: African American Studies

Michael Banerjee

  • Graduating Class: May 2016
  • Majors: Criminology and African American Studies

Maya Blue-Robinson

  • Graduating Class: May 2016
  • Major: Advertising and Public Relations with a concentration in Advertising
  • Minor: African American Studies

Whitney Brown

  • Graduating Class: May 2017
  • Major: Legal Studies, Government Service, Public Policy Option
  • Minor: African American Studies

Morgan Burton

  • Graduating Class: May 2017
  • Major: Business Management with a focus in Human Resources
  • Minor: African American Studies

Elizabeth Catchmark

  • Graduating Class: May 2017
  • Majors: African American Studies, English, Philosophy, and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Miya Crosby

  • Graduating Class: May 2016
  • Major: African American Studies, Asian Studies, Comparative Literature, Global and International Studies
  • Minor: English, Korean

Taylor Elliott

  • Graduating Class: December 2015
  • Major: African American Studies
  • Minor: Communications Art and Sciences

Alphonso Grant

  • Ph.D. – Art Education and African American and Diaspora Studies

awg136@psu.edu

Kerrie G. Green, Jr.

  • Graduating Class: May, 2016
  • Major: African American Studies
  • Minor: Sociology

Kenyah Jordan-Jackson

  • Graduating Class: May 2016
  • Major: Broadcast Journalism
  • Minor: African American Studies

Tykia McWilliams

  • Graduating Class: May 2016
  • Major: Public Relations
  • Minor: African American Studies

Samantha Reid

  • Graduating Class: May 2016
  • Major: Secondary Social Studies Education
  • Minors: African American Studies, History

Adenike "Nikky" Samuel

  • Graduating Class: May 2017
  • Majors: Broadcast Journalism
  • Minors: African American Studies, Business L.A.

Brisa Marie Smith Flores

  • Graduating Class: May 2016
  • Majors: Art History, Global and International Studies, and History
  • Minors: African American Studies, Latin American Studies

Christian James Tabron

  • Graduating Class: May 2016
  • Majors: African American Studies and Criminology
  • Minor: Sociology

Academic Advisor

Kristie Kalvin

  • Undergraduate Advisor for African American Studies

(814) 865-5588

klk16@psu.edu

Department of African American Studies, The Pennsylvania State University
133 Willard Building, University Park, PA 16802
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