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Executive Committee

Dr. Vanessa K. Valdés

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Phone: 212-650-6279


Office: NAC 6/109 or NAC 6/331D

Dr. Vanessa K. Valdés is the director of the Black Studies Program at The City College of New York-CUNY. A graduate of Yale and Vanderbilt Universities, and a Professor of Spanish and Portuguese, her research interests focus on the cultural production of peoples of African descent throughout the Americas: the United States and Latin America, including the Caribbean and Brazil.

Professor Michael B. Gillespie

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Phone: 212-650-8117


Office: Shepard 467

Michael B. Gillespie is an Associate Professor of Film in the Department of Media and Communication Arts and the Black Studies Program at The City College of New York. He received his MA and Ph.D. in Cinema Studies from New York University. His teaching and research focuses on black visual and expressive culture, visual historiography, film theory, film adaptation, and genre theory.

Professor A. Samad-Matias


Phone: 212-650-8657


Office: NAC 7/112

B.A., Hunter College, M.A.; M.A., New York Univ.

Professor Boukary Sawadogo

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Phone: 212-650-8117


Office: Shepard 476

His research and teaching interests are focused on African cinema, documentary and Black world experience.

Last Updated: 07/22/2021 12:49