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

Erin King

Administrative Support Assistant

Advisory Board

Eleanor Marie Brown J.D.

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

Kristina G. Douglass, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Joshua Inwood, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Geography and African Studies, and Research Associate, Rock Ethics Institute

AnneMarie Mingo, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of African American Studies and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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 Post-Doctoral Fellows

Naila Smith, Ph.D.

2020-2021 Post-Doctoral Scholar, Africana Research Center

Jamie Lee Andreson, Ph.D.

2020-2021 Post-Doctoral Scholar, Africana Research Center

Maryam Aziz, Ph.D.

2020-2021 Post-Doctoral Scholar, Africana Research Center, Richards Civil War Era Center

2019-2020 Post-Doctoral Fellows

Leigh Soares, Ph.D.

2019-2020 Post-Doctoral Scholar, Africana Research Center, Richards Civil War Era Center

Samuel M. Davis, Ph.D.

2019-2020 Post-Doctoral Scholar, Africana Research Center

Elyan Jeanine Hill, Ph.D.

2019- 2020 Post-Doctoral Scholar, Africana Research Center and Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Fall 2020 Dissertation Fellows

Ivana Ancic

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Comparative Literature

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 and African American Studies at Penn State
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Dr. William J. Dewey

Interim Co-Director, 2016-2017
Associate Professor of Art History at 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
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