Maria E. Hamilton Abegunde (Osunbimpe Abegunde)
Research interests: Memory and Trauma; Embodied Memory; Transatlantic Slave Trade; Community Healing, Grieving, and Ritual; Yoruba Orisa Practices; Thanatology; Ancestral Practices; Mourning and Funeral Practices; Brasil (Bahia and Itaparica)
Nana Abena Dansowaa Amoah
Research interests: Cross Cultural Studies: Africa American and African Diaspora Literature, Representation of Women in Popular Music, black religious music, Black women musicians and diet/keeping in shape.
Monica Fleetwood Black
Research interests: Identity politics and formations of Black and Biracial women; Feminist and Womanist thought; Race in (Outer) Space as it relates to Star Trek, as well as the writings of Octavia Butler
Research interests: Pre-college Programing targeting Middle school/ High school aged African Americans and other underrepresented populations; First generation college student experiences; Achievement and Motivation; Afro-centered and Arts educational programming; Math self-efficacy
Research interests: African American travel poetry
Katie E. Dieter
Research interests: skin tone hierarchy among African American women and the ways these issues intersect with other categories of identity such as gender and sexuality; Midwestern queer rural studies
Research interests: Double-Consciousness; African American Philosophy; Yoruba Existentialism; European Existentialism; Critical Race Theory; Embodied Anti-Black Racism; Objectification of Black Bodies; Trauma; W.E.B. Du Bois Phenomenology; Franz Fanon Phenomenology
Floyd D. Hobson III
Research interests: Underground LGBTQ culture known as the Ballroom scene; Performance Ethnography, Race and Ethnic Relations, Black Masculinities, Black Queer Studies, Gender Studies, Contemporary Black Literature, Ballroom Culture
Research interests: Black female bodies, Black visual culture, Black sexuality, and media studies
Research interests: Caralee’s research looks at Black ethnic diversity in the United States, with a focus on how region and racial/ethnic composition shapes the inter-personal relationships and interactions of African Americans with Afro-Caribbean and African immigrants. Caralee also explores the social factors that shape the formation of racial and ethnic identities for Black immigrants.
Research interests: African American music (especially Gospel music); Characteristics of African American Musical Performances (call-and-response, polyrhythms, improvisation etc); Black gospel music in Japan; Black Aesthetics; Influence of Music in African American Literature