College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Faculty

 Elizabeth MacGonagle
History, African/African American Studies
Associate Professor, Director, Kansas African Studies Center
785-864-9452
Wescoe Hall, Room 3650

Liz MacGonagle is an African historian in the Departments of History and African & African-American Studies. In her research, she crosses historical, geographical, and theoretical boundaries to link nation, culture, and ethnicity to processes of identity formation in African and Diasporan settings.

African/African American Studies
Associate Professor
785-864-1070
Bailey Hall, Room 12F

Peter Ojiambo is an Associate Professor and Faculty Associate Director of African & African-American Studies. His research focuses on African education, especially in studies on Starehe Boys Center and School of Kenya. He has published in this area and on education, democracy and development. His area of teaching is Kiswahili and he has developed a Kiswahili teaching website. Dr. Ojiambo has held teaching positions at Ohio University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

African/African American Studies
Associate Professor
785-864-1853
Bailey Hall, Room 11

Cécile Accilien is Associate Professor of Haitian Studies and Director of the Institute of Haitian Studies in the Department of African and African-American Studies. Her primary areas of interest include Haitian Studies, Gender Studies and Film Studies.

Psychology
Professor
Fraser Hall, Room 418

Glenn Adams conducts research in African and other settings outside the Euro American mainstream of psychological science.

African/African American Studies
Associate Professor
785-864-5044
Bailey Hall, Room 15

Shawn Leigh Alexander's area of research concentration is African American social and intellectual history of the 19th and 20th Centuries.

Economics
Professor
785-864-2843
Snow Hall, Room 437

Professor Asiedu’s research focuses on Foreign Direct Investment, Foreign Aid and HIV/AIDS.  She teaches graduate and undergraduate classes in Development and International Economics. She has received several teaching/mentoring awards at the University of Kansas, including The Outstanding Woman Educator AwardKemper Teaching AwardByron Shutz Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the Woman of Distinction Award.

Raj Bhala
Law School
Brenneisen Distinguished Professor, Raymond F. Rice Distinguished Professor
785-864-9224
Green Hall, Room 410

Raj Bhala's research and teaching focus on international trade law, and Islamic Law.

 

Religious Studies
Associate Professor
785-864-7255
Smith Hall, Room 204

Islamic Studies; the role of the ‘ulamā’ in contemporary Islam; popular religion; media and religion

Political Science, Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies
Associate Professor
785-864-9016
Blake Hall, Room 504E

Dr. Britton's major research interest is in gender and politics in Africa. Her research and writing examine how gender is utilized as a site of mobilization for women's social and political advancement, particularly in democratizing contexts. 

History
Assistant Professor
785-864-9462
Wescoe Hall, Room 3637

Marie Grace Brown researches and teaches the modern Middle East with a special interest in women’s activism and national movements. Her current book project examines northern Sudanese women’s use of traditional dress to craft their gendered and national identities during Sudan’s independence movement of the 1950s. 

Geography and Atmospheric Science, African/African American Studies
Assistant Professor
785-864-5534
Lindley Hall, Room 204

Abel Chikanda (Ph.D., University of Western Ontario) is an Assistant Professor of African & African-American Studies and Geography.  His main research and teaching interests include migration and development, refugee movement, food security, and the informal sector in Africa. He has held teaching positions at several universities in Canada including Western University, Queen’s University and the University of Waterloo.

History
Assistant Professor
785-864-9448
Wescoe Hall, Room 3639

Andy Denning's current research "Civilization through Motorization: Vehicles and Roads in Europe's African Empire" examines how vehicles and road projects became a lens through which Europeans viewed and experienced Africa. 

Economics
Professor
785-864-2838
Snow Hall, Room 359

Mohamed El-Hodiri (PhD in Economics and Mathematical Statistics, University of Minnesota), speaks Arabic, English, and Russian and is moderately proficient in French and Biblical Hebrew. He is very well informed on Arab History, Islam, and Middle Eastern religious history, especially pertaining to Egypt. 

African/African American Studies
Assistant Professor
785-864-4374
Bailey Hall, Room 9

Professor Gerschultz’s research and teaching interests span modern and contemporary art in Africa and the Middle East, the linkages between textiles, gender, and materiality, and the sociopolitical dynamics of artists’ networks. 

John Gluckman
Assistant Professor in Linguistics
785-864-4850
423 Blake Hall

John Gluckman, Assistant Professor of Linguistics, more recently was an Instructor at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He received his Ph.D. in Linguistics from UCLA. His central research interests are on African languages, particularly in East Africa.

Anthropology
Associate Professor
785-864-2646
Fraser Hall, Room 626

Research Areas: Biological anthropology, human population biology, human growth and development, maternal and child health and nutrition, metabolic adaptation, pastoralists; East Africa

Anthropology
Associate Professor
785-864-2650
Fraser Hall, Room 636

Dr. Majid Hannoum lectures on North African and Arab societies, especially in the areas of Islamic social and political movements; Islam, colonialism, and nationalism in North Africa; and religion, power, and sexuality in Arab societies.

American Studies, African/African American Studies
Professor
785-864-9476
Bailey Hall, Room 213N

Randal Jelks' research and writing interests are in the areas of African American religious history, the African Diaspora, urban, and civil Rights History.

School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures - Department of French & Italian
Associate Professor
785-864-9073
Wescoe Hall, Room 2073

Prof Kelly specializes in contemporary French literature, the interrelationship of the arts, and French cinema.  He regularly teaches courses in those fields.  In poetry, novel, autofiction, and film, he is particularly interested in the conjuncture of tactile expression and sequencing (gesture, rhythm, paronomasia, image, sound and/or silence, pov, montage, collage, strophes or experiments in visual and writerly grouping of verse, plot events, images, maxims) with broader questions of self-crafting and ideology (liberations, resistances, human rights, social palimpsests and registers, national and transnational political thought, utopias and dystopias).

Curriculum & Teaching
Assistant Professor
785-864-9667
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Room 344

Christopher Kirchgasler (Ph.D, University of Wisconsin-Madison) studies the historical, ethnographic and comparative qualities of schooling in East Africa, particularly as they relate to notions of inclusion, equity, and justice. His research directs attention to how contemporary transnational school reforms are "haunted" by colonial residues that define who and what are seen and acted on as the "problems" of individual and social development.

African/African American Studies, American Studies
Professor, Chair, African and African American Studies
785-864-5569
Bailey Hall, Room 11A

Professor Lang’s main research and teaching areas are African American working-class and labor history, the Black Freedom Movement, and black urban communities in the twentieth-century Midwest.  

Sociology
Professor
785-864-9413
Fraser Hall, Room 741

Professor Obadare's reasearch focuses on:  Transnational Migration, Comparative Societies, Civil Society, Social Change, and Development in Africa.

Byron
English, Environmental Studies Program, Kansas African Studies Center
Professor
Wescoe Hall, Room 3065

In his research and teaching, Byron Caminero-Santangelo focuses on the relationships among language, literature, and pressing issues of justice, freedom, and sustainability in Africa.  

Anthropology
Associate Professor
785-864-3102
Fraser Hall, Room 631A

Dr. Rhine's research focuses on the transnational flows of policies, professionals, technologies and resources devoted to intervening in global health problems in West Africa. She is particularly interested in understanding how medical technologies transform the ways individuals think about themselves and experience their bodies, as well as the ways they reconfigure families and social relationships.

 

 

African/African American Studies
Professor
Bailey Hall, Room 9B

Dr. Peter Ukpokodu lectures on African and African-American Theatre, African film, and African culture (especially traditional religion and thought), among others. 

Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies
Assistant Professor
Blake Hall, Room 323

Stacey Vanderhurst is a cultural anthropologist specializing in gender, migration, and governance. She earned a PhD from Brown University and then served as the Jerome Hall Postdoctoral Fellow with the Center for Law, Culture, and Society at Indiana University’s Michael Maurer School of Law. She joined the WGSS faculty in Fall 2015.

Antje Ziethen
School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures - Department of French & Italian
Assistant Professor
785-864-9065
Wescoe Hall, Room 2064

Antje Ziethen is Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies at the University of Kansas. She specializes in global literature in French, with a particular focus on (urban) space, migration, transnationalism, gender, and modernity. Her research deals with different geographical areas such as Sub-Saharan Africa, the Indian Ocean, the Caribbean, Québec, and Acadia.

English
Professor, Director of Graduate Studies
785-864-2530
Wescoe Hall, Room 3001

Dr Anatol's research focuses on Caribbean and Caribbean Diaspora Literature, especially 20th- and 21st-century women’s writing, African American Literature, and Children’s and Young Adult Literature, particularly representations of race and gender in narratives for young people.

School of Education - Special Education Assistant Professor, Ph.D., Educational Equity & Cultural Diversity, University of Colorado Boulder
785-864-1710
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Room 537

Subini Ancy Annamma, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas. Her research and pedagogy focus on increasing access to equitable education for historically marginalized students and communities, particularly students of color with disabilities. Specifically, she critically examines the social construction of race and ability; how the two are interdependent, how they intersect with other identity markers, and how their mutually constitutive nature impacts education experiences. She centers this research in urban education and juvenile incarceration settings and focuses on how student voice can contribute to dismantling systemic inequities and identifying exemplary educational practices.

 

 

Journalism
Lee Young Professor of Journalism
Stauffer-Flint Hall, Room 203-B

Barbara Barnett is a professor in the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications. She previously worked as a print journalist, covering health, politics and higher education. She also worked as a public relations professional in health communications and has organized communication projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America. At KU, she teaches courses in reporting, research methods, media and diversity, media and popular culture and media and the military. She helps coordinate KU’s Media and the Military Project, funded by the McCormick Foundation. Her research focuses on media coverage of women who are victims and perpetrators of violence. She also has conducted research on women’s health and on gender and sports.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, KU Biodiversity Institute, Senior Curator, Biodiversity Institute Distinguished Foundation Professor
785-864-4185
Dyche Hall, Room 321B

Dr. Beard's research focuses on reconstructing the origin and early evolution of the order Primates and its major clades.  He is especially interested in documenting how changes in the Earth's physical environment have impacted the evolution of early primates and other mammals.

Business
Associate Professor, Director of International Programs
785-864-7571
Capitol Federal Hall, Room 3124

Dr. Birch's research interests include Strategic Management, International Business, International Trade and Investment, and Business in Latin America.

African/African American Studies
Associate Professor
Bailey Hall, Room 12G

Anthony Bolden's teaching and research interests include African-American music, African-American cultural studies, popular culture, African literature, and ethnic-American literature. He has published extensively on Funk and Blues. 

Geography and Atmospheric Science, Environmental Studies Program
Professor, Vice Provost for Faculty Development
785-864-5543
Lindley Hall, Room 223

His interests include Social relations in Amazonian rural development, Expansion of soybean production in Amazonia, and Development and the Politics of Scale.

Department of French, Francophone & Italian Studies
Assistant Professor of Italian
785-864-9063
Wescoe Hall, Room 2062

Patrizio Ceccagnoli is currently an Assistant Professor of Italian at the University of Kansas, where he has taught since 2014. Previously, he taught Italian at University of Massachusetts Amherst, Fordham University, and Columbia University, where he received his Ph.D. in 2011. 

Jacob Dakon
Music
Associate Professor
785-864-4518
Murphy Hall, Room 408

Jacob M. Dakon, violinist, is an Assistant Professor of Music Education at the University of Kansas and a Research Fellow with the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa.

English
Senior Lecturer
785-864-4520
Wescoe Hall

Brian Daldorph teaches creative writing, literature, and writing classes in the English department. He has also taught in Japan, Senegal, and England. His two books of poems, The Holocaust and Hiroshima: Poems, and Outcasts, were both published by Mid-America Press. He edits Coal City Review. His poems, stories, articles, and reviews have been widely published.

Geography and Atmospheric Science, Kansas Biological Survey
Professor
785-864-4252
Lindley Hall, Room 409

Dr Egbert's interests include: Use of time-series satellite imagery to characterize and monitor land use and land cover, Evaluation of geospatial technologies for mapping and maintaining minefield databases, and Geographic aspects of genocide, ethnic cleansing, and related crimes against humanity.

American Studies
Assistant Professor
Bailey Hall, Room 213J

 

Research interests: US empire, Working class studies, Race and racism, Transnational studies

Applied Behavioral Science, Life Span Institute
Professor Emeritus, Director, Work Group for Community Health and Development, Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies & Director, World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Community Health and Development
Dole Human Development Center, Room 4082

Dr Fawcett's mission is to understand and improve how people work together to create conditions for community health and development through collaborative research, teaching, and public service.

 

 

Mary Fry
Health, Sport, & Exercise Sciences
Associate Professor
785-864-1862
Robinson Health and Physical Education Center, Room 161

Mary Fry oversees the graduate program in sport and exercise psychology.  Her research focuses on creating a caring and task-involving climate for youngsters in physical activity settings. 

English
University Distinguished Professor
Wescoe Hall, Room 3102

Dr Graham focuses on Genre Studies, including fiction and autobiography; African American literature;Archival Studies; Diaspora and Transnational Criticism and theories; and Digital humanities.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - School of the Arts - Visual Art, Assistant Professor
785-864-1092
Chalmers Hall

Sarah exhibits her work nationally and internationally and has had residencies at Greenwich House Pottery, Grand Valley State University, and the Lawrence Arts Center. Sarah was named a 2010 Emerging Artist by Ceramics Monthly, and she has work included in numerous collections including the U.S. Department of State, The University of Costa Rica, and the Shiwan Ceramics Museum in Foshan, China.
http://www.sarahgrossceramics.com

American Studies, African/African American Studies, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Professor, Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Chair, Department of American Studies
785-864-5373
Bailey Hall, Room 211

Dr. Hamer's general area of study is the sociological and qualitative study of families, especially those within the United States. Within this broad field, her primary research interests are African American fathers, mothers, and families, especially those that are urban, low-income and working class.

School of the Arts - Visual Art
Associate Professor
785-979-0850
Chalmers Hall, Room 513

Tanya Hartman has shown her work in a variety of venues and exhibitions all over the country, including the Banana Factory in Bethlehem, Pa.; the Chico Art Center in Chico, Calif.; and the Cinque Gallery and the A.I.R. Gallery in New York.

 

Curriculum & Teaching, African/African American Studies
Assistant Professor
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Room 306

Dr. Dorothy E. Hines holds a joint appointment as an Assistant Professor in African and African American Studies, and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching in the School of Education. She received a Ph.D. in Education Policy from Michigan State University. Dr. Hines holds a Master's Degree in Public Administration from North Carolina Central University graduating Magna Cum Laude. Dr. Hines is a former high school U.S. History teacher, and she received a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from North Carolina State University. Previously Dr. Hines served as a Teaching Fellow with the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

School of the Arts - Theatre
Associate Professor, CLAS Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Department of Theatre
785-864-2820
Murphy Hall, Room 317

Nicole Hodges teaches courses on hip-hop, acting, African American theater, race and performance and improvisation theory. Her research interests include African-America drama, performance, and culture, hip-hop, women's and gender studies, solo performance and transnationalism.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - School of the Arts - Film and Media Studies, Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies
785-864-1397
Summerfield Hall, Room 124D

Robert Hurst teaches film and video production and studies courses with an emphasis in sound and post-production. He joined the University of Kansas faculty in 2006. Robert has been making fiction, documentary and experimental films for more than twenty years.

Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
Professor
785-864-9734
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Room 406

Dr. Imber specializes in Educational Law, Policy, Reform, and Administration.

History
Associate Professor
Wescoe Hall, Room 3611

Dr. Jahanbani is an historian of American foreign relations specializing in the post-1945 period. She is especially interested in the legacy of the liberal internationalist tradition in American foreign policy. This includes the history of U.S. relations with the "Third World," the history of the social sciences, (particularly the history of modernization and development), and the emergence of distinctly "global" problems in the post-World War II period.

 

Assistant Professor
785-864-1392
Summerfield Hall, Room 118G

Meg Jamieson has been a filmmaker, writer and professor for a decade. Her personal films, a poetic blend of document and experiment, have played at museums and festivals around the world, and her film work with community groups as disparate as the Ada tribe in Ghana to the Haudenosaunee of the Northeast United States, have been used to give voice to histories which run parallel to the dominate narrative. She is interested in the intersection of experience and memory, and finds the film medium perfect for this exploration.

At present she is working on a feature length documentary about American combat veterans from Vietnam to Afghanistan.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Humanities, Assistant Professor
785-864-0165
Bailey Hall, Room 205B

Education

Ph.D.Comparative LiteratureThe University of Texas at Austin

M.A.Comparative LiteratureThe University of Texas at Austin

B.A.Bethel College

Director of CEOP
785-864-3401

Dr. Ngondi Kamatuka is the new director of the Center for Educational Opportunity Programs in the Achievement and Assessment Institute. He has been with the University of Kansas since 1987 and has served as academic services coordinator for the Upward Bound program and interim director for the Institute for Educational Research and Public Service. 

Business
Associate Professor
785-864-7497
Capitol Federal Hall, Room 4154

Accounting and Information Systems

Political Science
Associate Professor, Undergraduate Director for Political Science
785-864-9025
Blake Hall, Room 521

Dr Kennedy teaches undergraduate classes on China’s social and political development, politics of developing countries, and research methods, as well as graduate courses on comparative institutions and conducting fieldwork in developing countries. Dr. Kennedy is currently the Director of the Center for East Asian Studies. 

Susan King
Health, Sport, & Exercise Sciences
Associate Professor, Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies, HSES
785-864-0780
Robinson Health and Physical Education Center, Room 161G

Susan King teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in curriculum design, instructional methods, dance, and technology. Her research interests include the recruitment and retention of ethnic minorities, teacher reflection, professionalism, and the connection between physical activity and academic achievement.

KU Biodiversity Institute, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Professor, Director, Biodiversity Institute
785-864-4540
Dyche Hall

Dr. Krishtalka’s research encompassed the evolution of mammals, with paleontological field expeditions throughout western Canada and the U. S., Europe, north and east Africa, China and Patagonia.

Marie Alice L'Heureux
Architecture
Associate Professor
785-864-1144
Marvin Hall, Room 405C

Marie-Alice L’Heureux teaches architectural design and a variety of seminars on the city and sustainability. She does research, writing, and teaching on the social and cultural issues that surround the successful implementation of principles of sustainability. She is especially interested in the legacy of infrastructural investment and the impact of unequal development over time. Geographically her work has focused on the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe as well as in the major cities of the United States and Canada.

 

History
Professor
940-231-7090
Wescoe Hall, Room 3618

Professor Adrian R. Lewis earned his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago in 1995. His dissertation became his first book, Omaha Beach: A Flawed Victory, published in 2001 by UNC Press.. Research: 20th century warfare; World War II; the Cold War; the Korean War; the Vietnam War; operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

School of the Arts - Visual Art
Professor
785-864-5739
Chalmers Hall, Room 503

 Judith's large figurative oil paintings are distillations of both personal narrative themes and the influences from extensive travel to Mexico and South America. A continuing series of large figurative oils depicts phosphorescent female nudes in prone positions suggesting both sex and death. In these neo-romantic works, Judith takes a traditional subject and re-issues woman as a self-contained entity. Exuding a strong animalistic presence, these women defy appropriation as if frozen in anthropological time.

Paul Mirecki
Religious Studies
Associate Professor
785-864-7252
Smith Hall, Room 205

Specialization: Ancient Mediterranean cultures, languages & religions; ancient Greek & Coptic manuscripts.
 Professor Mirecki is an active member of several international scholarly societies, has convened several international academic conferences, and regularly searches European and American museum collections for unstudied ancient manuscripts which he prepares for publication.

Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, KU Biodiversity Institute
Associate Professor/Associate Curator
785-864-5706
Haworth Hall

Dr Mark Mort studies the evolutionary relationships of the angiosperm family Crassulaceae using DNA sequences from chloroplast and nuclear gene regions

Sociology
Chair, Anthropology Department, University Distinguished Professor
785-864-4114
Fraser Hall, Room 723

Joane Nagel is a political and cultural sociologist; her work focuses on ethnicities, genders, and sexualities in the US and in the global system, cultural production and construction, social and nationalist movements, American Indian activism, and global climate change. Her current research examines the sociological dimensions of global environmental change, specifically the race, class, gender, and sexual dimensions of climate change.

Museum Studies, KU Biodiversity Institute
Professor/Curator in Charge, Curator in Charge, Division of Archaeology, Biodiversity Institute/Museum of Natural History
785-864-6511
Spooner Hall, Room 6E

Professor Olsen is an Old World Prehistorian, specializing in zooarchaeology, the study of animal remains from ancient sites, and Arabian rock art. She was formerly the director of the Center for World Cultures at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

Business
Senior Lecturer, Director, Masters of Accounting
785-864-7572
Capitol Federal Hall, Room 4155E

Interests: 

Accounting Information Systems

Systems/Project D

Management Information Systems

evelopment

African/African American Studies, Communication Studies
Associate Professor
Bailey Hall, Room 102

Dr. Pennington is a specialist on intercultural communication and African-American culture, the cultural discourse on trauma/terror and has taught courses on the Rhetoric of African Americans, the Black Woman, Black Male and Female Communications, among others.

 

Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, KU Biodiversity Institute
University Distinguished Professor
785-864-3926
Dyche Hall, Room 713

Dr. Peterson's research focuses on aspects of the geography of biodiversity. His formal training was in tropical ornithology, with a particular focus on systematics

American Studies, History
Foundation Distinguished Professor
785-864-2309
Bailey Hall, Room 213

David Roediger is the Foundation Professor of American Studies at University of Kansas where he teaches and writes on race and class in the United States. Educated through college at public schools in Illinois, he completed doctoral work at Northwestern University. His recent books include Seizing Freedom: Slave Emancipation and Liberty for All, How Race Survived U.S. History, and (with Elizabeth Esch) The Production of Difference. His older writings on race, immigration, and working class history include The Wages of Whiteness and Working toward Whiteness.

History
Associate Professor
785-864-9475
Wescoe Hall, Room 2612

Cultural and Social History of 20th Century Latin America; Urban Sociology and Urban History; and Labor and Working-Class History of Latin America.

History
Assistant Professor
Wescoe Hall, Room 3650

His interests include: Latin America (Mexico, Central America, Caribbean); history of race (intellectual and social development); African Diaspora in Latin America, indigenous history (ethnohistory of Mesoamerica).

Pharmaceutical Chemistry
Aya and Takeru Higuchi Distinguished Professor, Associate Chair, Pharmaceutical Chemistry; Co-Director, NIH Biotechnology Training Program
785-864-7327
Simons Biosciences Research Laboratories, Room 201D

Professor Teruna Siahaan earned a B.S. and an M.S. from the University of Indonesia and a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Architecture
Associate Professor
785-864-1150
Marvin Studios, Room 132

Interests:

  • Culture
  • Urbanism
  • Vernacular architecture
  • Historic preservation
  • Heritage management
  • World Heritage
  • Environment-behavior studies
Sociology
Professor
785-864-9417
Fraser Hall, Room 753

David Smith is a specialist in sociological theory who studies inequality and the psychology of inequality. His writings include publications on classical and critical social theory, anti-Semitism, authority, authoritarianism, charisma, genocide, the Rwandan genocide, capitalism, and labor.  

English
Professor Emeritus
785-864-2583
Wescoe Hall, Room 3027

Dr. Tidwell focuses on African American and American literatures.

School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures - Department of Spanish & Portuguese
Associate Professor of Brazilian Literature and Culture
785-864-1133
Wescoe Hall, Room 2630

Luciano Tosta has a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, and Master's degrees in Comparative Literature and Portuguese and Brazilian Studies from Brown University. Dr. Tosta also has a Master's degree in Comparative Literature from the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he was a Fulbright scholar. Prof. Tosta did his undergraduate studies at the Universidade Federal da Bahia, where he earned a Bachelor degree and a Licenciatura in English. Before joining the faculty at the University of Kansas, he taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

Maria Velasco
School of the Arts - Visual Art
Associate Professor
Chalmers Hall, Room 515

María Velasco is a Spanish-born artist who has been living and working in the USA since the 1990s. Her interdisciplinary work consists of site-specific environments, sculptural objects, and temporary public art commissions. 

Journalism, Journalism Administration
Associate Professor, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies
785-864-7622
Stauffer-Flint Hall, Room 200

Tom Volek spent 15 years in commercial television and then entered academe.  He has worked extensively with Russian journalism schools on their emerging market-based media, and the U.S. military on military-media issues.

History, Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies
Associate Professor
Wescoe Hall, Room 3616

Professor Warren's research interests include the history of gender and race in African American and Native American education, Kansas, and the United States. Her teaching interests include women's history, citizenship and American identity, race and gender relations, identity development in the African Diaspora, as well as social, civil rights, and reform movements. Warren regularly offers service-learning options in her upper-level women's history course; a link to her electronic course poster in the Center for Teaching Excellence gallery can be seen here.

Business
Associate Professor
785-864-7515
Capitol Federal Hall, Room 4126

Jide Wintoki's research interests include empirical corporate finance (especially corporate governance), international finance and applied econometrics.

School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures - Department of Spanish & Portuguese
Assistant Professor
Wescoe Hall, Room 2628

Dr. Omaris Z. Zamora is a transnational Black Dominican Studies scholar. Her research interests include: Black and Latino Studies, transnational Hispanic Caribbean cultural production as they relate to race, gender, and sexuality. Her current book project engages the theoretical formation of AfroLatina feminist epistemologies through an analysis of transnational Dominican women’s narratives in literature and performance. 

Professor Emeritus , Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Department of Theatre

Professor Ajayi-Soyinka has joint appointments in Theatre Department and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) departments. As interdisciplinary scholar, her teaching, research publications and creative works encompass theatre, performance, literary, and gender studies, including the critical theories that inform them. 

Research Areas: medical anthropology, semiotics, violence, trauma and healing; Central Africa, Euro-American Mennonites

John M. Janzen researches and writes on the socio-cultural dimensions of African health and healing, and theoretical issues in medical anthropology. He has studied healing traditions in Africa, their characteristics and interactions between them. In projects and works-mainly in Central Africa-- he has explored the construction of healing narratives and institutions.

Kansas African Studies Center, African/African American Studies
Professor

Beverly Mack is a Professor Emeritus of African Studies in the Department of African and African American Studies. She regularly taught the following courses:  Women and Islam, Muslim Women's Autobiography, African Women Writers, and  Islamic (Sufi) Literature.  Prior to joining KU, Professor Mack taught at Yale University (Hausa language and African Literature), Georgetown University (African History), and George Mason University (African Literature).

Lecturer, Arabic, Arabic Coordinator
785-864-1265
Bailey Hall, room 12A

Mahmoud M. Ali is a lecture and coordinator of the Arabic Program. He received his MA in linguistics from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. He has also studied English language & literature, German and Arabic for his BA degree in his home country, Egypt. He has worked as English instructor at Defense Language Institute (Egypt) and Al-Baha University (Saudi Arabia), and as Arabic instructor at Ohio University. Mahmoud has done research on conceptual transfer, non-native English speech assessment as well as dialect perception and identification. He is also interested in foreign language pedagogy and proficiency assessment. 

Lecturer, Wolof

Ibrahima Ba holds a PhD in Linguistics from KU. He focuses on phonetics, phonology, syntax, and second language acquisition.

Lecturer, West African Drumming
785-331-8002

Dylan Bassett has been the director of the African Drum Ensemble at KU since it was created in 2007 through the Kansas African Studies Center. Dylan is a composer, percussionist, and teacher. He holds a BA in Music and an MA in Global and International Studies.

Assistant Teaching Specialist for French
785-864-9074
Wescoe Hall, Room 2059

Christine V. Bourgeois came to the University of Kansas after completing her doctoral work at Princeton University in May of 2014. She specializes in the Francophone and Occitan traditions of the Middle Ages, with particular interest in the interconnection between medieval and modern narrative traditions. Her current book project, Saintly Asceticism and the Literary Machine: The Many Lives of Saint Anthony the Great, is a literary history of sanctity through the perspective of the Anthony tradition, spanning the Middle Ages to the beginning of the the twentieth century.

African Studies Lecturer
African & African American Studies, African History Lecturer
Wescoe, Rm 4002
Dekow Sagar
Lecturer, Somali
785-864-3054
Bailey Hall Room 9

Dekow graduated from Grand View University in Iowa with degrees in Human Services and Political Science and a concentration in Public Administration. He earned a Master of Public Policy and Administration from Drake University.  He also received his MBA from West Texas A&M University.


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