Faculty and Staff

Tomarra Adams, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

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Pan-African Studies Director of Undergraduate Studies

Education: Social Work, University of Louisville

434 Strickler Hall (4th floor, East Wing)
Department of Pan-African Studies
(502) 852-4008
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Research Interests:Education, Identity Development, Education and Gender Studies

Latrica Best, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Dr. Latrica Best

Assistant Professor of Pan-African Studies and Sociology

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

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I am Dr. Latrica Best, and in 2010 I came to the University of Louisville as an assistant professor of Pan-African Studies and Sociology.  Prior to joining the faculty at University of Louisville, I completed a National Institute on Aging postdoctoral fellowship in Gerontology at the University of Southern California's Andrus Gerontology Center.  I hold a Ph.D. in Sociology and Demography (with a Gerontology minor) from The Pennsylvania State University.  My 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.

I am very excited to join this thriving community, and look forward to contributing to its growth.    

Latrica E. Best, PhD
Assistant Professor
Pan-African Studies and Sociology

W. Carson Byrd, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Dr. Carson Byrd

Assistant Professor

Education: Center for Race and Social Policy Research, VirginiaTech

Research Interests:Hisareasofinterestare: SociologyofHigherEducation Race,ResearchMethods EducationalInequality,RacialRelationsandPrejudice,LaborMarketInequality.His teachingareasare:RaceandRacism,Sociology ofEducation,QuantitativeMethods ResearchMethods, and Social Inequality

Contact Information:

437 Stricker Hall (4th floor, East Wing)

Department of Pan-African Studies

(502) 852-0003

Email:Click here to email Dr. Carson Byrd


Joy G. Carew, Ph.D., Professor









Education: Linguistics, Illinois Institute of Technology,  Chicago

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

Contact Information:

436 Strickler Hall (4th floor, East Wing)

Department of Pan-African Studies

(502) 852- 7523 or (502) 852-0295

Email: Click here to email Dr. Joy Carew

Jan Carew legacy website: www.jancarew.com

Robert L. Douglas, Ph.D., Retired Professor Emeritus

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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


Click here to email Dr. Robert Douglas.

Tyler Fleming, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

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Assistant Professor

Education: University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Fleming received his MA and Ph.D. in African history from the University of Texas at Austin and his BA from Allegheny College. Dr. Fleming has taught previously at the University of Virginia, Columbus State University, and Florida International University. With his joint appointment in the Departments of Pan-African Studies and History, Professor Fleming teaches a variety of courses concerning African History, World History and the Black Atlantic.

Research Interests:

Professor Fleming works on the history of Africa and the African Diaspora.  His current research focuses on black South African popular cultures (mainly music, sport, literature and theatre) during the twentieth century.  Dr. Fleming has published in various academic journals, including History in Africa, Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies, and The International Journal of History of Sport.  He is also the co-editor of Music, Performance and African Identities (New York: Routledge, 2011).  He is currently revising his dissertation concerning the South African jazz musical, King Kong, into a monograph.

Contact Information:

442 Strickler Hall (4th floor East Wing)

Department of Pan-African Studies

(502) 852-3658

Email:Click here to email Dr. Tyler Fleming

Pearlie Johnson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor


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Assistant Professor

The Departments of Pan-African Studies and Fine Arts

Educational Background:

·         BLA, University of Missouri-Kansas City, 1999

·         MA, University of Missouri-Kansas City, 2002

·         Ph.D.,University of Missouri-Kansas City, 2008


Teaching Areas:

·         African Art

·         African American Folk Art

·         19th and 20th Century African American Fine Art

·         Contemporary African American Art

·         Arts of the African Diaspora

·         Africans (Blacks) in Western Art

·         Images of African Americans in American Media and Literature

·         Introduction to Pan-African Studies


Research Interests:

·         African Cultural Features in African American Cultural Productions

- (Retentions, Adaptations, and Reinterpretations)

·         African American Women’s History in the Quilting Arts in Kentucky

·         African American Contemporary Quilts (National and International)


Contact Information

432 Strickler Hall (4th floor East Wing)

Department of Pan-African Studies

502-852-0145 PAS, 502-852-0446 ART

Email:Click here to email Dr. Pearlie Johnson


Ricky L. Jones, Ph.D., Professor & Chair

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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) 852-0027


Click here to email Dr. Ricky Jones

Yvonne Jones, Ph.D., 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


Click here to email Dr. Yvonne Jones

Shirletta Kinchen, Ph.D., Assistant Professor









Assistant Professor

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

Research Interests: AfricanAmericanhistory,withparticularfocusontheCivil RightsMovement andtheBlackPowerMovement,and20thCenturyUSHistory. Specificallyherdissertation, "WewantwhatpeoplegenerallyrefertoasBlackPower": YouthandStudentActivismandtheimpactoftheBlackPowerMovementinMemphis, Tennessee, 1965-1975andcontinuingresearchexaminestheimpact,influence,and intersectionoftheCivilRightsandBlackPowerMovements onyouthandstudent activisminMemphis,Tennessee.


Contact Information:

439 Strickler Hall (4th floor, East Wing)

Department of Pan-African Studies

(502) 852-6057

Email: Click here to email Dr. Shirletta Kinchen

Sandra King, Program Assistant Sr.

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Program Assistant Sr.
426 Strickler Hall (East Wing 4th Floor)
Department of Pan African Studies
University of Louisville
Louisville, Kentucky 40292
Phone: (502) 852-0875, Fax: (502) 852-5954
Click here to email Sandra King

Wendy Martin, Unit Business Manager

Pan African Studies Unit Business Manager

Contact Information:

445 Strickler Hall (East Wing 4th Floor)

Department of Pan African Studies

University of Louisville

Louisville, Kentucky 40292

Phone: (502) 852-6455, Fax: (502) 852-5954

Click here to email Wendy Martin

Michael Brandon McCormack, Ph.D., Assistant Professor









Assistant Professor

Secondary Appointment: Division of Humanities (Religious Studies)

Education: Vanderbilt University, Graduate Department of Religion

Research Interests: Dr. McCormack’s research interests focus on the intersections of Black Religion and Cultural Studies. His dissertation explored and analyzed the contested relationships between the prophetic tradition in black religion, black moral panic, and the cultural productions of the hip-hop generation. With a secondary appointment in Humanities, he teaches a range of courses in 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

Email: Click here to email Brandon McCormack

Theresa A. Rajack-Talley, Ph.D., Associate Professor

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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

Email:Click here to email Dr. Theresa Rajack-Talley

Kaila Story, Ph.D., Associate Professor

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Dr. Story is the Audre Lorde Chair in Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Department of Pan-African Studies

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 Ratings explores 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, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

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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


Click here to email W.S. Tkweme

Mawuena Kossi Logan, Ph.D., 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

email: mkloga01@louisville.edu