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Africana Research Center

Directory

Directory

Director

Kathryn Belle

Associate Professor of Philosophy and African American Studies
Founding Director of the Collegium of Black Women Philosophers

Staff

Administrative Support Assistant (VACANT)

Advisory Board

Eleanor Marie Brown J.D.

Professor of Law and International Affairs, Rock Ethics Institute
Senior Scientist, Rock Ethics Institute

Amit Sharma, Ph.D.

Professor of Hospitality Management
Associate Professor of Hospitality Finance at School of Hospitality Management
Director of Food Decisions Research Laboratory
Editor of ICHRIE Penn State Research Reports
Director of Research at I-CHRIE

Current Postdoctoral Fellows

Joseph Williams, Ph.D.

2022-23 Postdoctoral Scholar, Africana Research Center, Richards Civil War Era Center

Zifeng Liu, Ph.D.

2022-23 Postdoctoral Scholar, Africana Research Center

Brittany Frederick, Ph.D.

2022-23 Postdoctoral Scholar, Africana Research Center

2020-2022 Postdoctoral Fellows

Naila Smith, Ph.D.

2020-2022 Post-Doctoral Scholar, Africana Research Center

Jamie Lee Andreson, Ph.D.

2020-2022 Postdoctoral Scholar, Africana Research Center

Maryam Aziz, Ph.D.

2020-2022 Post-Doctoral Scholar, Africana Research Center, Richards Civil War Era Center

2019-2020 Postdoctoral Fellows

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2022-2023 Dissertation Fellows

Zinhle ka'Nobuhlaluse

Zinhle ka'Nobuhlaluse, Dual Title Ph.D. Candidate in Philosophy & Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Tembi Charles

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Comparative Literature

2021-2022 Dissertation Fellows

Irene Kemunto Momanyi

Dual-title Ph.D. candidate in French and Francophone Studies, and African Studies

Past Directors

Dr. Kevin J.A. Thomas

Interim Director, 2020
Professor of Sociology, Demography, and African Studies Director, Undergraduate Program in Sociology

Dr. Crystal Sanders

Director, 2018-2020
Associate Professor of History at Penn State
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Dr. William J. Dewey

Interim Co-Director, 2016-2017
Associate Professor Emeritus, Penn State
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Dr. Cynthia Young

Interim Co-Director, 2016-2017
Department Head, African American Studies, Associate Professor of African American Studies and English at Penn State
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Dr. Lovalerie King

Director, 2008-2016
Professor Emeritus, Associate Professor of African American Studies and Women’s Studies at Penn State
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Dr. Keith B. Wilson

Director, 2006-2008
Faculty Member, Southern Illinois University
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Dr. Beverly Vandiver

Director, 2003-2006
Associate Professor of Education at Penn State
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Dr. Cary Fraser

Director, 2002-2003
Former Associate Professor of the Liberal Arts at Penn State
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Dr. Roy Austin

Director, 2001
Ambassador to Trinindad-Tobago