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Prof. Angel-Ajani, Asale

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Phone: 212-650-8117


Office: 7/113B

Expertise & Reasearch: 

  • Immigration and Refugees in Europe, Africa, and Asia
  • Global Trends in the Incarceration and Imprisonment of Women and Girls
  • Human Rights in Africa, Latin America, and Asia
  • Drug Trafficking and Women
  • Immigration Detention

Prof. Berstein, Richard

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Phone: 212-650-7385


Office: NAC 4/138A

Courses Taught:

  • PSC 20800 American Political Thought
  • PSC 22000 The Judiciary
  • PSC 22100 The Presidency
  • PSC 31140 African-American Political Thought
  • PSC 31720 Early American Political Development

Prof. Boyd, Herb

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Phone: 212-650-7914


Office: NAC 4/145


Prof. Castro-McGowan, Regina

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Phone: 212-650-5261


Office: NAC 6/336A

Teaching and research interests:

  • Latin American literature and film and Luso-Brazilian studies.
  • Her research focuses on the literary historiography of the Portuguese Renaissance and the literature of colonial and imperial Brazil.

Prof. Felber-Seligman, Yaari

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Phone: 212-650-7469


Office: NAC 5/127C

Professor Felber-Seligman (pronouns: they/them/theirs) specializes in the history of pre-1700s eastern Africa and comparative world history. They teach courses relating to African history of all eras and periodically also teach courses in early World History. Felber-Seligman is particularly interested in the use of non-documentary sources, comparative trade history, African encounters with others, Africa’s contributions to world history, gender studies, and LGBTQ+ history.

Prof. Fernandez, Maria

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Phone: 212-650-7914 


Office: NAC 4/145


Prof. Gibbons, William

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Phone: 212-650-7914


Office: NAC 2/204

Prof. Gillespie, Michael

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Phone: 212-650-7914


Office: Shepard 467

His teaching and research focuses on black visual and expressive culture, visual historiography, film theory, film adaptation, and genre theory.

Prof. Reilly, Matthew

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Phone: 212-650-7914


Office: NAC 4/145

Areas of Expertise and Research:

  • Slavery
  • Irish Diaspora
  • Archaeology
  • Atlantic World History
  • Race and Whiteness
  • Caribbean
  • Class and Labor
  • Colonialism
  • Gender

Prof. Rufo, John

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Phone: 212-650-7914


Office: Nac 4/145


Prof. Samad-Matias, Asha

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Phone: 212-650-6607


Office: NAC 7/112


Prof. Sawadogo, Boukary

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Phone: 212-650-7167


Office: SH 476

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

Prof. Thompson, Keith

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Phone: 212-650-5853


Office: NAC 6/128 or 4/145

Research interests: 

  • Criminology
  • Deviance
  • Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups
  • Family Relationships

Prof. Thompson, Michelle

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Phone: 212-650-7914


Office: NAC 4/145

Prof. Williams, Justin


Justin Williams is an associate professor of history at the City College of New York who specializes in the politics of modern Africa and its diasporas. He is author of the book Pan-Africanism in Ghana: African Socialism, Neoliberalism, and Globalization​, part of Toyin Falola’s Africa in The World Series on the Carolina Academic Press (2016). Williams has also published articles in African StudiesJournal of Pan African Studies, and the two-volume encyclopedia 50 Events That Shaped African American History.  In his spare time, he is an avid fan of the Kansas City Chiefs, Royals, Sporting Kansas City, University of Missouri Tigers and New Jersey Devils. 

PhD in History, Stony Brook University
MA in History, Stony Brook University
BA in History, Columbia College (Mo.)

Pan-Africanism Ghana: African Socialism, Neoliberalism and Globalization (Carolina Academic Press, 2015)


Reviewed by Zerihun Berhane Weldegebriel, Addis Ababa University, in African Studies Quarterly, Volume 16, Issue 3/4, 2016

With Bobby R. Holt, “Atlanta Compromise, 1895” in 50 Events That Shaped African American History (Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO Greenwood, 2019)

“The “Rawlings Revolution” and rediscovery of the African Diaspora in Ghana (1983-2015),” African Studies, Vol.74 (3) – December 2015

“New Africa in the World Coming to Harlem: A retrospective comparison of Jerry Rawlings & Thomas Sankara,” Journal of Pan African Studies, Vol.7 (7)- December 2014

Prof. Woodard, Laurie

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Phone: 212-650-3918


Office: NAC 5/129B

Research interests:

African American Cultural, Intellectual, Social, and Political History, U.S. Social, Cultural, and Political History, Early Modern Atlantic World History and Culture, Post-Emancipation African American Cultural History, Post-Emancipation African American Women’s History

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