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African and African-American Studies/Black Studies

Please contact the faculty member’s department or program at each of the colleges or UMass for up-to-date information on faculty leaves, schedules and phone numbers.  If you want to be listed on this page, send an email to with your teaching/research interests.

Amherst College

Amrita Basu 
Political Science and Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies

Women in India; women and social change

Rhonda Cobham-Sander 
Emily C. Jordan Folger Professor of Black Studies and English, Chair of Black Studies

Childhood in African and Caribbean literature; gender in African literature; Anglophone Caribbean Poetry and the Creole Imagination

Aneeka Henderson  

Khary Polk 
Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies

Black Studies; black masculinity

Hampshire College

Amy Jordan 
African American History

African American women

Lynda Pickbourn
Economic Development and Feminist Economics, with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa
Constance Valis Hill 
dance history, performance theory, jazz studies, choreography on camera, and feminist performance

Mount Holyoke College

Kimberly Juanita Brown 
English and Africana Studies
The visual as a way to negotiate the parameters of race, gender, and belonging

Holly Hanson 
Co-Chair of the Development Nexus/History

African women's work; African popular culture; violence and social change in modern Africa; food and famine in African history

Lucas Wilson 
Cultural Studies; Economics and Race

Smith College

Kevin Quashie 

African-American women's literature; black cultural theory; Harlem Renaissance


Joye Bowman 

Women in African history

John Bracey 

Afro-American history and culture

Stephen Clingman
English Department/Director of Interdisciplinary Studies Institute

African literature; Nadine Gordimer

Dania Francis
Public Policy/Economics/Afro-American Studies
Black girls in the classrooms

A Yemisi Jimoh 

Twentieth-Century African American women's narrative and culture along with critical race studies

Traci Parker African American women’s history, nineteenth and twentieth century U.S. history, race and racism, class, labor, capitalism, and consumer culture

Dean Robinson 
Political Science

Afro-American political thought and American political thought

James Smethurst 

African-American women's literature, gender studies