• faculty

  • James Calvin

    Interim Director, Center for Africana Studies
    Professor, Carey Business School

    PhD, New York University
    • 410-234-9409
    • Research Interests: Leadership development, community economic development, and nonprofit organizations
  • Nadia Nurhussein

    Associate Director, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Center for Africana Studies
    Associate Professor, English

    PhD, University of California, Berkeley
    • 410-516-4104
    • Gilman 34
    • Research Interests: African American literature, late 19th- and early 20th-century American literature, poetry and poetics
  • Michael Degani

    Assistant Professor, Anthropology

    • 410-516-5482
    • Mergenthaler 458
    • Research Interests: Energy use and infrastructure in African cities, anthropology of the state, comparative postsocialisms, China/Africa relations, and urban popular culture
  • Lawrence Jackson

    Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of English and History

    PhD, Stanford University
  • Jessica Marie Johnson

    Assistant Professor, History

    PhD, University of Maryland, College Park
    • Gilman 372
    • Research Interests: Women, gender, and sexuality in the African diaspora; histories of slavery and the slave trade; and digital history and new media
  • Shani Mott


    PhD, University of Michigan
  • John Burthorne Sampson

    Associate Professor of Anesthesiology & Critical Care Medicine, School of Medicine

    MD, University of California, San Francisco
    • 410-955-2611
    • Research Interests: Notable historical and current relationships between African Americans and Africans on the continent of Africa
  • Stuart Schrader

    Associate Research Professor, Center for Africana Studies
    Associate Director, Program in Racism, Immigration, & Citizenship

    PhD, New York University
    • Mergenthaler 258
    • Research Interests: Racial inequality in criminal justice, war and empire, historical-comparative methods, social theory
  • Robbie Shilliam

    Professor, Political Science

    PhD, University of Sussex
  • Lester Spence

    Associate Professor, Political Science

    PhD, University of Michigan
  • Roland J. Thorpe, Jr.

    Associate Professor, Bloomberg School of Public Health

    • 410-502-8977
    • Hampton House 708
    • Research Interests: Health disparities, race, SES, poverty status, functional decline, functional status, lower extremity functioning, hypertension, mobility limitation, older adults, men's health disparities across the life course
  • staff

  • Francisco Pérez Marsilla

    Graduate Student Assistant

  • Kanita Tavares

    Kanita Tavares

    Events Coordinator

  • professor emeriti

  • Jane Guyer

    Professor, Anthropology

    PhD, University of Rochester
    • 410-516-4690
    • 404G Macaulay
    • Research Interests: Social and economic anthropology, West Africa
  • retired faculty

  • Floyd W. Hayes, III

    Senior Lecturer, Center for Africana Studies

    PhD, University of Maryland
    • 410-516-7659
    • Research Interests: Africana philosophy, politics, and policy; educational politics and policymaking; urban politics and policymaking; politics of jazz