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Meet our Faculty

Valerie Grim

Valerie Grim

Director of Graduate Studies, Professor
Research Interests: African American history, agricultural history, black rural communities, the black family.


Carolyn Calloway-Thomas

Chair, Professor
Carolyn Calloway-Thomas studies intercultural communication, African American communication, intersections between empathy and conflict, and pedagogy and civic engagement.


Tyron Cooper

Tyron Cooper

Assistant Professor


Fred McElroy

Frederick L. McElroy

Associate Professor
Research Interests: Early black literature, black autobiography, black intellectual traditions, history and construction of black studies as an academic discipline.

Iris Rosa

Iris Rosa

Director of Undergraduate Studies, Professor
Director of the African American Dance Company
Research/Creative Interests: Modern dance, jazz and ethnic dance, teaching and choreography.


Maisha Wester

Associate Professor
My research covers a variety of topics, from African American Literature to contemporary horror films, but at heart my work always asks how otherness is made monstrous in the text and/or how the “monster” reclaims its humanity. 



Jakobi Williams

Associate Professor
My research interests are centered on questions of resistance and the social justice revolutions found within American political history.


Raymond Wise

Raymond Wise

Professor of Practice



Phoebe Wolfskill

Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Art of North America and the African diaspora, race and representation, visual arts of the Harlem/Negro Renaissance, art and visual culture during the Great Depression, caricature and stereotype in American art and popular culture, art and appropriation.

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