Africana Studies Faculty and Staff
Dr. Abena Ampofoa Asare is Assistant Professor of Modern African Affairs specializing in West African post-colonial history. Her research spans questions of migration, human rights, and transitional justice in Africa and the African diaspora. Published in both policy-focused and academic journals, her work focuses on the importance of marginalized histories when contemplating questions of African social and political progress. She is currently working on a book manuscript entitled A Survivors' History of Ghana: Memories of Human Rights and Resistance in the National Reconciliation Commission.

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Office: (631) 632-1366
E-mail: Abena.


 Georges Fouron Dr. Georges Eugene Fouron, a native of Haiti, is Professor of Education and Social Sciences at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. His research focus is transnationalism and its effects as experienced by Haitians in Haiti and those of the Haitian Diaspora. His latest book, authored with Nina Glick Schiller, Georges Woke up Laughing: Long-Distance Nationalism and the Search for Home, was published by Duke University Press in 2001. His latest manuscript, Haiti’s Migratory Streams at the Crossroads of Global Capitalism and the Politics of Competing Empires, is under review by Penn State Press.

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Office: (631) 632-6924


 Shimelis Gulema Dr. Shimleis Gulema, an Assistant Professor of Africana Studies; specializing in modern and contemporary Africa; the African Diaspora, urbanization (urban space and its production, youth, urban cultural production, rural-urban ties), modernity/modernization, migration, national and transnational identities and ideologies (local, national, and diasporic), political economy, governance, development, and the politics of knowledge production. Dr. Gulema received his Ph.D. in African History (Post-Colonial Formations), University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), USA.

Recent Publications:

"Love and Politics in the Time of Revolution," AfricaReviewofBooks/Revue Africaine des Livres, Forthcoming, Sept. 2014 issue.
"The Political Economy of Urban Modernization: Addis Ababa, 1941-1975," in Awet Weldemichael and Anthony Lee, eds., New Perspectives in African History, forthcoming.


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Office: (631) 632-7473

 Dawn Harris Dr. Dawn P. Harris is a graduate of the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados, and York University in Toronto, Canada. Her research interests include the history of punishment in the British Caribbean during the 19th century and those relating to issues of women and gender during the colonial period.

PhD, History--York University
MA, History--York University
BA (First Class Honours)--University of the West Indies

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Office: (631) 632-7474


 Miletsky Dr. Zebulon Vance Miletsky is an Assistant Professor of Africana Studies and a historian specializing in recent African-American History, Civil Rights and Black Power, Urban History, Mixed Race and Biracial identity, and Hip-Hop Studies. His research interests include: African-Americans in Boston; Northern freedom movements outside of the South; Mixed race history in the U.S. and passing; and the Afro-Latin diaspora. He is the author of numerous articles, reviews, essays and book chapters and is currently working on a manuscript on the civil rights movement in Boston. Ph.D.; African-American Studies with a concentration in History, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 2008.


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Office: (631) 632-7495

 tw Dr. Tracey L. Walters is Associate Professor of Literature and Chair of the Department of Africana Studies at Stony Brook University where she also holds an affiliate appointment with the Department of English and Comparative Literature. Dr. Walters works in the areas of African American Women’s Literature Black British literature. She has published a number of articles on the subject of African Diasporic Women’s literature and two books: African American Women and the Classicists Tradition: Black Women Writers from Wheatley to Morrison (Palgrave 2007) and edited the collection Zadie Smith: Critical Essays (Peter Lang 2008). Walters is currently completing a multimedia project on Caribbean nannies in New York. In Fall 2013, Dr. Walters received the Outstanding Faculty Member Award from the Stony Brook University chapter of the NAACP.


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Phone: (631) 632-7475(631) 632-7475

es Dr. Elisabeth Spettel is an instructor in the field of French Caribbean Literature.  Dr. Spettel is a native of France where she got her Ph.D. in Art History and Philosophy form Bordeaux University and Paris Pantheon Sorbonne University.  Dr. Spettel's dissertation is about subversion and provocation in Dadaism, Surrealism and Contemporary Art, analyzing links between the visual arts, literature and activism.  In that context, she discovered not only anticolonial texts but also writers and artists from the African Diaspora.  At Stony Brook University, Dr. Spettel specialized in slavery and segregation through African-American female artists.  She published articles in French, Irish and Canadian academic reviews (Recherches Feministes-Laval University, Synergies - United Kingdom and Ireland, Etudes Litterairees -  Her next article about slavery and feminism on Sam Vernon and Wangechi Mutu's artworks will be published in Black Renaissance Noire (NYU) in February, 2017.
 Ann B. Ms. Ann L. Berrios has worked at SUNY Stony Brook since 1983 in various administrative capacities.  A graduate of Barnard College (B.A. Art History, 1977), Ms. Berrios received her MALS from Stony Brook in 1992.  She is a writer and web developer who lives in Stony Brook with her family, human and pets.


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Phone: (631) 632-7470

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