Faculty

Faculty

Tyron Cooper

Tyron Cooper

Assistant Professor, African American and African Diaspora Studies

Director, Archives of African American Music and Culture

Valerie Grim

Valerie Grim

Director of Undergraduate Studies, African American and African Diaspora Studies

Professor, African American and African Diaspora Studies

Director, Thomas I. Atkins LLC.

Research Interests
African American history; agricultural history; black rural communities; the black family

Maria Hamilton Abegunde

Maria Hamilton Abegunde

Post-Doctoral Fellow, University Graduate School

Founding Director, The Graduate Mentoring Center

Visiting Lecturer, African American and African Diaspora Studies

Affiliate, Gender Studies

Research Interests
Trans-generational memory, trauma, and healing; the Middle Passage; thanatology; contemplative practices; Yoruba orisa and egungun (ancestral) practices; creative writing; mentoring underrepresented minority students; Brazil (Salvador and Itaparica); birth work, Black feminisms, and the arts as a vehicle for community transformation

Nana Amoah-Ramey

Nana Amoah-Ramey

Visiting Professor

  • namoa@indiana.edu
  • Ballantine Hall 678

Research Interests
African American & African Diaspora Literature, African Popular Music and Cultures, Gender Roles

Judith Rodriguez

Judith Rodriguez

Assistant Professor, African American and African Diaspora Studies

Assistant Professor, Latino Studies

  • jurodr@iu.edu
  • Ballantine Hall 652

Research Interests: Afro-Latinx Studies; Literary Theory; Black Studies; Black Feminist Thought; Black Critical Theory; Performance Studies; Afro-Caribbean Philosophical Thought; Gender and Sexuality

Stafford Berry

Stafford Berry

Director, African American Dance Company

Professor of Practice, African American and African Diaspora Studies

Professor of Practice, Theater, Drama, and Contemporary Dance

Research Interests
African-Rooted Dance and Theater

James Strong

James Strong

Director, IU Soul Revue

Visiting Professor, African American and African Diaspora Studies

  • jamestro@indiana.edu
  • 812-855-5828
  • 275 N. Jordan Ave., Suite 310

Research Interests
African American Music and Culture

Maisha Wester

Maisha Wester

Associate Professor, African American and African Diaspora Studies

Associate Professor, American Studies

Interim Director of Graduate Studies, African American and African Diaspora Studies

Research Interests
African American gothic literature; horror films

Jakobi Williams

Jakobi Williams

On Leave 2019-2020 Academic Year

Ruth N. Halls Professor

Director of Graduate Studies, African American and African Diaspora Studies

Associate Professor, African American and African Diaspora Studies

Associate Professor, History

Research Interests
African American history; 20th-century United States history; Black Panther Party; Black Power/Civil rights movement

Raymond Wise

Raymond Wise

Professor of Practice, African American and African Diaspora Studies

Director, African American Choral Ensemble

Associate Director, African American Arts Institute

  • wiser@indiana.edu
  • (812) 855-4487
  • Neal Marshall Black Culture Center, A310D
Phoebe Wolfskill

Phoebe Wolfskill

Assistant Professor, African American and African Diaspora Studies

Research Interests
African American art history; the Harlem/Negro Renaissance and WPA art; race in American art; caricature, stereotype, and appropriation in art and visual culture