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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.

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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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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, Assistant Professor of English and Philosophy and Africana Studies, Drexel University College of Arts and Sciences
Assistant Professor of English and Africana Studies
5016 MacAlister Hall
jc4568@drexel.edu

Black Popular Culture, Literature, and Media Representation; Black Feminist Theory; Anti-Carceral Feminism; Art and Visual Culture; Black Memory and Nostalgia

Abioseh Porter, Professor of English, Department of English and Philosophy, Drexel University
Director, Africana Studies; Professor of English
5016 MacAlister Hall
abiosehp@drexel.edu

Comparative Literature; Postcolonial Literatures

Nic John Ramos, PhD - Department of History at Drexel University
Assistant Professor of History
5009 MacAlister
nfr38@drexel.edu

African American History; History of Medicine; History of Psychiatry; Urban History; 20th Century US History; History of Racial Capitalism; History of Sexuality

Sonia Vaz Borges
Assistant Professor of History and Africana Studies
5025 MacAlister
sonia.vazborges@drexel.edu

Liberation Struggles; African History; History of Education; Militant Research; ‘Walking archives’, memory and imaginaries


Affiliated Faculty

Faculty Members Contact Specialization
Ayana Allen-Handy - Drexel University Assistant Professor for EdD in Educational Leadership and Management
Associate Professor
3rd Floor, 3401 Market
Room 3234

ayana.allen@drexel.edu
Veronica Carey
Assistant Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Associate Clinical Professor
Health Sciences Building, 11E29
vdc22@drexel.edu

A national and international guest lecturer and workshop presenter, Carey has addressed evidence-based best practices in recovery-oriented services, treatment planning, behavioral health care system practices, program planning, and implementation of psychiatric rehabilitation services. She had trained in Korea, Pakistan, Italy, and Singapore, 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
h.bernard.hall@drexel.edu
Deanna Hill, PhD Assistant Clinical Professor Drexel University School of Education
Associate Clinical Professor
Program Director for EdD in Educational Leadership and Management
Distance Faculty
deanna.hill@drexel.edu
Emmanuel Koku
Interim Department Head; Associate Professor of Sociology; Graduate Faculty Member, Communication, Culture & Media
3201 Arch Street, 288
emmanuelkoku@drexel.edu

Social Network Analysis, Qualitative/Quantitative Research, Medical Sociology, Social Epidemiology, Social Demography, Sociology of Development, Communication and Information Technology

Parfait Kouacou, Assistant Teaching Professor, Department of Global Studies and Modern Languages, Drexel University
Assistant Teaching Professor, Global Studies and Modern Languages
Academic Building, 320
pk595@drexel.edu

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

Roger Kurtz, Department Head and Professor of English at Drexel University
Department Head, Professor of English
5016 MacAlister Hall
jrk353@drexel.edu

Postcolonial and World Literatures, African Literature and Culture, Trauma Theory

Sharrona Pearl, PhD
Associate Teaching Professor
Health Sciences Building, Room 11W46
shp72@drexel.edu

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

Rachel Reynolds - Drexel Communication Faculty
Associate Professor; Graduate Faculty Member, Communication, Culture & Media
3201 Arch Street, Suite 340, Room 354
rrr28@drexel.edu

Sociolinguistics, ethnography of communication, intercultural communication, globalization and the rhetoric of community, political economy of immigration, race and ethnicity, new African immigrants in the United States, Igbo studies.

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Associate Teaching Professor of English
5016 MacAlister Hall
avw22@drexel.edu
Jennifer Yusin
Director, Women’s and Gender Studies; Associate Professor
5016 MacAlister Hall
jyusin@drexel.edu
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