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Africana Studies

Center for Interdisciplinary Study

Africana Studies is an academic program of the Center for Interdisciplinary Study at the Drexel University College of Arts and Sciences

The Minor in Africana Studies program is a collective of dedicated members and other interested partners who explore and situate topics such as the culture, history, medical and health concerns, economics, race and racism and other social complexities — including migration of Africa and its peoples in various diasporas. Our community studies these subjects within the larger context of global history, political, economic and cultural movements.

A primary goal of the program is to demonstrate and interrogate how African and African diasporic identities acknowledge, engage, and highlight: race, gender, sexuality, class, religion and regions —among many other topics— as intersecting categories across our curriculum and practice.

Recognizing that Africans and African diasporic communities make up a vast and disparate group of people united not only by a common heritage and by experiences of exploitation and racism, but also with some obvious cultural diversities, drives an imperative objective of our program:

The search for and putting into practice of innovative ways of responding to and tackling critical and, at times even life-threatening, issues that constantly affect black people. Such issues include: true social justice, the effects of systemic racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, classism, post-colonial shocks and aftershocks — and more.

About the Minor

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Latest News

I am psyched poster reading "this is what a psychologist looks like"

National Traveling Exhibit Returns to Celebrate Women of Color in Psychology

The I Am Psyched! national touring exhibit has returned to Drexel and is being presented in person this month after last year’s virtual presentation due to the pandemic.

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A copy of the book A Legacy to Share held up on Drexel's campus

Student Interns in Drexel Publishing Group Produce Book Honoring Black Alumni Experience

During Homecoming Weekend, the Drexel Black Alumni Council (DUBAC) launched a special collection of essays. Titled A Legacy to Share, the new book honors over 50 years of history since the first wave of Black students arrived on Drexel's campus in the late 1960s. Student interns in the Drexel Publishing Group were responsible for copy editing, proofreading and applying styles for formatting the book.

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Chris Bolden-Newsome and Lessons of Da Land participants gather in the picnic area and read passages from The Cooking Gene by Michael Twitty

Resilience & Joy: Lessons of Da Land

Led by environmental science major Alexis Wiley, a twelve-week cocurricular program introduced Drexel students and community members to food sovereignty and land justice issues in Black Philadelphia. The course worked with community partners and explored a wide variety of sources to deliver Lessons of Da Land.

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Core Faculty

Faculty Members Contact Specialization
Jakeya Caruthers, PhD
Assistant Professor of English and Africana Studies
5016 MacAlister

Black Political Aesthetics; Black Popular Culture, Literature, and Media Representation; Black Feminist Thought; Anti-Carceral Feminism; Art and Visual Culture

Abioseh Porter, Professor of English, Department of English and Philosophy, Drexel University
Director, Africana Studies; Professor of English
5016 MacAlister

Comparative Literature; Postcolonial Literatures

Nic John Ramos, PhD - Department of History at Drexel University
Assistant Professor of History
5009 MacAlister

History of Medicine; History of Psychiatry; Black, African, African American History; Queer and LGBT History; History of Capitalism; Gender and Sexuality

Tasneem A. Siddiqui, PhD
Assistant Professor of History
MacAlister Hall, room 5013
The Black Radical Tradition; Land-based struggles; Black social movements; Labor; Black Geographies; Africana spiritual systems; Self-determination
Sonia Vaz Borges
Assistant Professor of History and Africana Studies
4020 MacAlister

African History; Black Studies; Liberation Struggles Studies; Social Movements Studies; History of Education; Decolonial Studies and Methodologies; Oral History; Militant Research; Walking archives; Migration and diasporas

Affiliated Faculty

Faculty Members Contact Specialization
Associate Professor
Department Chair, Policy, Organization, and Leadership
3rd Floor, 3401 Market
Room 3234
Veronica Carey
Assistant Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Associate Clinical Professor; Chair Board of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Health Sciences Building, 11E33

A national and international guest lecturer and workshop presenter, Carey has presented on evidence-based best practices in recovery-oriented services, psychiatric rehabilitation services, diversity, inclusion and belonging. Carey has trained in Cameroon, Egypt, Ghana, Italy, Korea, Pakistan, Malaysa and Singapore. Carey authored her first book: Frame Your Degree: How to Avoid Pain while Seeking a College Degree in June 2023 and an inaugural TEDxTalk in spring of 2023 entitled Pain, Pain Go Away! Her articles on direct-care staff development in community-based treatment settings have been published in the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, PSY Connections and Psychiatric Services.

H. Bernard Hall, PhD Assistant Professor of Urban Teacher Education Drexel University School of Education
Assistant Professor of Urban Teacher Education
3rd Floor, 3401 Market
Room 3223
Deanna Hill, PhD Assistant Clinical Professor Drexel University School of Education
Associate Clinical Professor
Program Director for EdD in Educational Leadership and Management
Emmanuel Koku
Associate Professor of Sociology; Department Head; Graduate Faculty Member, Communication, Culture & Media
3201 Arch Street, 288
Social Network Analysis; Quantitative Analysis; Mixed Methods; Medical Sociology; Social Epidemiology; Global/Immigrant Health; Globalization, Development and Underdevelopment
Parfait Kouacou, Assistant Teaching Professor, Department of Global Studies and Modern Languages, Drexel University
Associate Teaching Professor, Global Studies and Modern Languages
Academic Building, 320

Postcolonial Francophone African Literature, Human Rights Critical Theories, Childhood Studies, Oral Literature

Roger Kurtz, Department Head and Professor of English at Drexel University
Professor of English; Department Head
5016 MacAlister Hall

World literatures; Postcolonial literature; East African literature and culture; Trauma theory

Sharrona Pearl, PhD
Associate Teaching Professor
Health Sciences Building, Room 11W46

Science studies, history of science and medicine, critical race, gender, and disability studies, media studies

Rachel Reynolds - Drexel Communication Faculty
Associate Professor of Communication; Graduate Faculty Member, Communication, Culture & Media
3201 Arch Street, Suite 340, Room 354
Discourse Analysis and Semiotics, including the Textual, the Visual and Multimodality; Violence Against Women in Mass Media; Television and Culture; Language, Immigration and Youth Development
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Associate Teaching Professor of English
5016 MacAlister Hall
Jennifer Yusin
Professor of English; Director, Women’s and Gender Studies
5016 MacAlister Hall
Comparative Race and Empire Studies, Philosophies of Race and Gender, Global Modernisms, LGBTQ+ Studies, Trans Studies, Psychoanalytic Studies, Postcolonial and Global Anglophone Literatures, Transatlantic Studies, and the Global South