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Africana Studies is a diverse and collegial community of faculty, staff, and students. Our program is interdisciplinary, which means that our core faculty teach Africana Studies courses while based in a single field such as History or English.

Core Faculty

Blakey, Michael
Professor of Africana Studies, American Studies, and Anthropology
Office: Washington Hall 112
Phone: 757-221-7681
Email: [[mlblak]]
Areas of Specialization: Biological anthropology, biohistory, skeletal biology; North America, African diaspora

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Green, Artisia V.
Program Director, 2016-2019; Sharpe Associate Professor of Civic Renewal and Entrepreneurship and Associate Professor of Theatre and Africana Studies
Office: Morton 122
Email: [[avgreen]]
Phone: 757-221-2616
Website: {{http://wmpeople.wm.edu/site/page/avgreen}}

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Osakwe, Chima
Visiting Assistant Professor of English and Africana Studies
Office: Tucker Hall 028
Phone: 757-221-2486
Email: [[cjosakwe]]

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Osiapem, Iyabo
Senior Lecturer of Africana Studies and Linguistics; Director of Africana House: A Learning & Living Community
Office: Morton Hall 101B
Phone: 757-221-3904
Email: [[ifosiapem]]

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Pinson, Hermine
Coordinator of African American Studies; Professor of English & Africana Studies
Office: Tucker Hall 320
Office Hours: On Leave 2020-21
Phone: 757-221-2437
Email: [[hdpins]]
Webpage: {{http://wmpeople.wm.edu/hdpins}}

Sanford, Mei-Mei
Adjunct Instructor of Africana Studies
Office: 311 Morton Hall
Email: mesanf@wm.edu
Office Phone: (757) 221-1633

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Shiferaw, Admasu
Assistant Professor of Economics and Africana Studies
Fields: Development
Email: [[ashiferaw]]
Office (Phone): Tyler 263 (757-221-2369)

Spencer, Suzette
Assistant Professor of English and Africana Studies
Office: Tucker Hall 024
Email: [[saspencer]]

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Thelwell, Chinua Akimaro
Assistant Professor of Africana Studies & History
Office: Blair 354
Email: [[cathelwell]]
Regional Areas of Research: Ancient to Modern Africa, United States
Thematic Areas of Research: African American, Comparative and Transnational, Cultural/Intellectual, Diaspora and Migration, Popular Culture and Media, Race and Ethnicity

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Turits, Richard Lee
Associate Professor of Africana Studies, History, and Latin American Studies
Office: Blair 225
email: [[rturits]]
Regional Areas of Research: Latin America and the Caribbean
Thematic Areas of Research: Comparative and Transnational, Imperialism and Colonialism, Iberian Empires, International Relations, Race and Ethnicity

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Vinson, Robert Trent
Frances L. and Edwin L. Cummings Professor of Africana Studies & History; Coordinator of Concentration in African Diaspora Studies
Office: Blair 211
Email: [[rtvins]]
Fall 2020 Office Hours: On Leave
Regional Areas of Research: Ancient to Modern Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, United States
Thematic Areas of Research: African American, Comparative and Transnational, Cultural/Intellectual, Imperialism and Colonialism, Race and Ethnicity, Religion