Faculty and Staff

Tomarra Adams

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Assistant Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies

Education: Social Work, University of Louisville

Research Interests: Education, Identity Development, Education and Gender Studies

Contact:
434 Strickler Hall (4th floor, East Wing)
Department of Pan-African Studies
(502) 852-4008

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Latrica Best

Dr. Latrica Best

Assistant Professor of Pan-African Studies and Sociology

Dr. Latrica Best came to the University of Louisville in 2010 as an assistant professor of Pan-African Studies and Sociology.  Prior to joining the faculty at University of Louisville, she completed a National Institute on Aging postdoctoral fellowship in Gerontology at the University of Southern California's Andrus Gerontology Center. Dr. Best holds a Ph.D. in Sociology and Demography (with a Gerontology minor) from The Pennsylvania State University.  Her general research interests are race and gender disparities in health and aging.  Using large, population-level data, my most current research explores the impact of psychosocial factors on race/ethnic differences in diabetes and hypertension.

Dr. Best is very excited to join this thriving community, and looks forward to contributing to its growth.   

Contact:
Strickler Hall Room 435
Phone: (502) 852-5123
Fax: (502) 852-5954

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W. Carson Byrd

Dr. Carson Byrd

Assistant Professor

Education: Center for Race and Social Policy Research, Virginia Tech

Research Interests: sociology of higher education, race research methods, educational inequality, racial relations and prejudice, labor market inequality.

Contact Information:
437 Stricker Hall (4th floor, East Wing)
Department of Pan-African Studies
(502) 852-0003

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Joy G. Carew

Joy Carew

Professor

Education: Linguistics, Illinois Institute of Technology,  Chicago 

Research Interests: Linguistics, Languages of the African Diaspora, African Diasporan Studies, and Black-Russian Relations 

Contact:
436 Strickler Hall (4th floor, East Wing) 
Department of Pan-African Studies 
(502) 852- 7523 or (502) 852-0295 

Jan Carew legacy website: www.jancarew.com

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Robert L. Douglas

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 Retired Professor Emeritus

Education: American Studies, University of Iowa

Research Interest: African American Art, Architecture and Aesthetics; African  Americans in Literature, Film, and Popular Culture

Contact Information:
441 Strickler Hall (4th floor, East Wing)
Department of Pan-African Studies
(502) 852-5985

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Tyler Fleming

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Assistant Professor

Education: University of Texas at Austin

Research Interests: history of Africa and the African Diaspora, black South African popular cultures (mainly music, sport, literature and theatre) during the twentieth century.  

Contact Information:
442 Strickler Hall (4th floor East Wing)
Department of Pan-African Studies
(502) 852-3658

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Ricky L. Jones

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Professor & Chair, Pan-African Studies Department

Education: Political Science, University of Kentucky

Research Interests: African American Politics and Leadership; Political Theory; African American Nationalism; Violence and Resistance; the African American Male

Contact Information:
430 Strickler Hall (4th floor, East Wing)
Department of Pan-African Studies
(502) 852-6455

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Yvonne Jones

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Associate Professor

Education: Anthropology, American University, Washington, DC

Research Interests: Race and Culture; history and theory; African American Entrepreneurship; African Diaspora in the Caribbean and Latin America; African American cultural traditions

Contact Information:
430 Strickler Hall (4th floor, East Wing)
Department of Pan-African Studies
(502) 852- 2428

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Shirletta Kinchen

DR. SHlRLETTA KINCHEN

Assistant Professor

Education: University of Central Oklahoma, Department of History and Geography

Research Interests: African American history, with particular focus on the Civil Rights Movement and the Black Power Movement, and 20th Century US History. Specifically her dissertation, "We want what people generally refer to as Black Power": Youth and Student Activism and the impact of the Black Power Movement in Memphis, Tennessee, 1965-1975 and continuing research examines the impact, influence, and intersection of the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements on youth and student activism in Memphis, Tennessee.

Contact Information:
439 Strickler Hall (4th floor, East Wing)
Department of Pan-African Studies
(502) 852-6057

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Sandra King

Sandra King

Program Assistant Sr.

Contact:
426 Strickler Hall (East Wing 4th Floor)
Department of Pan African Studies
Phone: (502) 852-0875
Fax: (502) 852-5954

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Mawuena Kossi Logan

Mawuena Kossi Logan

Associate Professor

Education: African-American World Studies/English, University of Iowa (IA)

Dr. Mawuena Logan received his MA in African American World Studies and Ph.D. in English (with concentration in African and African Diaspora literatures) from the University of Iowa (IA). Prior to joining the Department of Pan-African Studies, University of Louisville, Dr. Logan has taught at Beloit College (WI), Ohio University (OH), the University of Botswana (Botswana), and the University of the West Indies, Mona (Jamaica). 

Teaching Areas: Postcolonial/African Literature and Theory; African American Literature; Twentieth-Century Literary Theory; Pan-African Literature; Race, Ethnicity, and Identity; Literatures of Africa and the African Diaspora (African, African American, Afro-Caribbean)

Research Interests: African/African Diaspora literatures and cultures; Postcolonial literature and theory; Victorian/'Empire' literature; Cosmopolitan identities in Africa and the African Diaspora; Post-Apartheid literature.

Contact Information:
429 Strickler Hall (4th Floor, East Wing)
Department of Pan-African Studies
(502) 852-5409

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Wendy Martin

Wendy Martin

Unit Business Manager

Contact Information:
445 Strickler Hall (East Wing 4th Floor)
Department of Pan African Studies
Phone: (502) 852-6455,
Fax: (502) 852-5954

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Michael Brandon McCormack

Dr. M. BRANDON MCCORMACK

Assistant Professor

Secondary Appointment: Division of Humanities (Religious Studies)

Education: Vanderbilt University, Graduate Department of Religion

Research Interests: intersections of Black Religion and Cultural Studies; contested relationships between the prophetic tradition in black religion, black moral panic, and the cultural productions of the hip-hop generation; African American Religion and Religions of the African Diaspora.

Contact Information:
438 Strickler Hall (4th floor East Wing)
Department of Pan-African Studies
(502) 852-5505

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Theresa A. Rajack-Talley

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Associate Professor

Education: Sociology, University of Kentucky

Research Interests: Caribbean Studies; Race and Gender; Development of Poor Communities

Contact Information:
403 Stevenson Hall (4th floor)
Department of Pan-African Studies
(502) 852-4192

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Kaila Story

Dr. Story

Associate Professor,
Department of Pan-African Studies and Department of Women's & Gender Studies

Education: Ph.D. in African American Studies and Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies, Temple University, 2007.

Research Interests: Dr. Story’s research examines the intersections of race and sexuality, with special attention to black feminism, black lesbians, and black queer identity. Her recent work La-La’s Fundamental Rupture: True Blood’s Lafayette and the Deconstruction of Normal in the anthology, African Americans on Television: Race-ing for Ratingsexplores the contested persona of the character "Lafayette", and problematizes mediated messaging around Black, Gay, and Male embodiment and identity. Dr. Story’s current work explores the intersections of Black Queer Studies and Pan African Studies; also Feminist theory’s relationship to queer theory.

Contact Information:
448 Strickler Hall

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W.S. Tkweme

Dr. Tkweme

Assistant Professor

Education: African American Studies, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Research Interests: African American History, Music and Culture

Contact Information:
428 Strickler Hall (4th floor, East Wing)
Department of Pan-African Studies
(502) 852-5386

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