Full Directory

The Institute invites several visiting speakers each year and sponsors conferences that are linked to the research and teaching interests of our faculty. The Institute now offers faculty fellowships and a graduate certificate in addition to research grants to faculty associates to support research in African and African-American Studies.


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Adams, Cary

  • Associate Professor of Art, Environment, and Emerging Practices


Interests: Environmental Art and Humanities; New Media; Social Practice


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Bakhmetyeva, Tanya

  • Associate Professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
  • Associate Academic Director, Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies

Interests: Russian and Eastern European History, History of Catholicism, Gender

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Ball, Molly

  • History Lecturer


Interests: Brazilian History; Latin American History; Economic History; Immigration History

Kerfala Bangoura

Bangoura, Kerfala "Fana"

  • Director, UR West African Drumming Ensemble
Dan Beaumont

Beaumont, Daniel E.

  • Professor Emeritus of Religion and Classics


Interests: Arabic Languages and Literature

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Bonds, Josephine

  • Program Manager
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Bridges, William H., IV

  • Associate Professor of Japanese
    Arthur Satz Professor of the Humanities

Interests: Modern Japanese language, literature, and culture; Race and ethnicity in modern Japanese literature and culture; Contemporary Japanese popular culture, especially anime; 20th-century African American literature; Literary theory, especially African American literary theory and the theory of the novel; Translation (theory and practice); Rhetoric and composition; Digital Humanities


Anthony T. Carter

Carter, Anthony T.

  • Professor Emeritus

Interests: rural politics; kinship and marriage; households and personhood


Kristin Doughty

Doughty, Kristin

  • Associate Professor of Anthropology

Interests: political and legal anthropology; politics of reconciliation; transitional justice; violence and conflict; memory; politics of energy; Africa; Rwanda

Jack Downey

Downey, Jack

  • John Henry Newman Associate Professor of Catholic Studies

Interests: Contemporary Justice Movements; Liberation Theologies; North American religious history; Christianity; Buddhism: and Contemplative Traditions

Joshua Dubler

Dubler, Joshua

  • Associate Professor of Religion
  • Director, Rochester Education Justice Initiative

Interests: Religion in America


Stanley Engerman

Engerman, Stanley

  • Professor of Economics, Emeritus

Interests: Economic History; Economics of Sports


Professor Kara Finnigan.

Finnigan, Kara

  • Professor of Educational Leadership


Signithia Fordham

Fordham, Signithia

  • Professor, University of Rochester

Interests: Research


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Gamm, Gerald

  • Professor of History
    Professor of Political Science


Interests: Political Science; American History

Nadine Grimm

Grimm, Nadine


  • Assistant Professor, Department of Linguistics
  • Director, Language Documentation and Description Program
    Interim Director of Graduate Studies, Linguistics

Interests: Grammatical tone; Language documentation and description; Typology; African languages, particularly Bantu


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Hunter, Cory

  • Assistant Professor of Music, Department of Music, School of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering
    Assistant Professor of Musicology, Eastman School of Music


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Inikori, Joseph E.

  • Professor of History

Interests: Atlantic World Economic History


Cilas Kemedjio

Kemedjio, Cilas

  • Professor of French

Interests: Francophone Caribbean and African literary and cultural studies; postcolonial theory; transnational black studies; humanitarianism

Jennifer Kyker

Kyker, Jennifer

  • Associate Professor of Music, Department of Music, School of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering
    Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology, Eastman School of Music


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Mandala, Elias C.

  • Professor of History

Interests: Southern Africa since the 19th Century; Social History

Kathryn Mariner

Mariner, Kathryn

  • Associate Professor of Anthropology

Interests: intimacy and social inequality; politics of race, class and gender; temporality; kinship and adoption; care; social work; space and place; visual anthropology; United States

Marshall, Cona

  • Assistant Professor of American Religions

Interests: Womanism, Black feminism, the Black church (as an institution), and African American public religious rhetoric

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McCune, Jeffrey Q., Jr.

  • Frederick Douglass Associate Professor of African-American Literature and Culture
  • Director, Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies
Jeffrey Q. McCune, Jr.

McCune, Jeffrey Q., Jr.

  • Director
John Michael

Michael, John

  • John Hall Deane Professor of English and Visual and Cultural Studies
  • Director of American Studies

Interests: American literature; critical theory; cultural studies

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Moon, Alexander

  • Lecturer, Department of Political Science



Leila Nadir

Nadir, Leila Christine

  • Associate Professor of Environmental Humanities
  • Director, Environmental Humanities Program

Interests: Anthropocene; apocalypse; environmental humanities; memoir and creative nonfiction; social practice art; food studies; theories of modernity/modernism; cultural histories of colonialism, immigration, extractive capitalism, and geopolitical displacements; Cold War politics; theories of race


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Omelsky, Matthew

  • Assistant Professor of English

Interests: Global black cultural studies; African and Caribbean literatures; film and digital media; time and phenomenology; speculative fiction; critical theory.


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Papaioannou, Julie

  • Professor of Instruction in French
  • Language Pedagogy Coordinator, French
    Study Abroad Advisor, French

Interests: French language and culture; French and Francophone literature and film (twentieth and twenty-first centuries); French literary translation; French criticism, literary and postcolonial theory


Nora Rubel

Rubel, Nora

  • Jane and Alan Batkin Professor of Jewish Studies
  • Chair, Department of Religion and Classics

Interests: American Religion; Race and Ethnicity; Religion and Foodways

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Russell, Todd

  • Adjunct Instructor, Dance Program



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Saab, A. Joan

  • Professor of Art History and Visual and Cultural Studies
  • Vice Provost of Academic Affairs

Interests: Twentieth-century American cultural history; media and culture; urban and community studies; popular culture; cultural studies; aesthetic categories and values

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Sierra Silva, Pablo M.

  • Associate Professor of History

Interests: African Diaspora, Latin American and Atlantic History


Jason Titus

Titus, Jason

  • Senior Lecturer
Jeffrey Tucker

Tucker, Jeffrey Allen

  • Associate Professor of English
  • Director, Undergraduate Studies

Interests: African-American literature; 20th-century American literature; science fiction

Professor Jeffrey Tucker

Tucker, Jeffrey Allen

  • Director of Undergraduate Studies


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West, Glenn A.

  • Director of Mbira Ensemble
    ECMS Collegiate Instructor in Mbira


Sharon Willis

Willis, Sharon

  • Fanny Knapp Allen Professor of Fine Arts
    Professor of Visual and Cultural Studies

Interests: Film history and theory; visual and cultural studies; women's studies and feminist theory; comparative literature and critical theory; French cinema; 19th and 20th century French literature

Michael Wolkoff

Wolkoff, Michael

  • Professor of Economics - part-time

Interests: Public Policy; Economics