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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.



Dr. Mark Chambers received his Ph.D. form Stony Brook University, New York.  His interest includes environmental and technological contacts between indigenous peoples as well as free and enslaved miners in North America.  Presently, Dr. Chambers is working on a manuscript entitled Rivers of Gray gold: Mining and Technology Transfer in Early Missouri, which is a cultural history of lead mining in the region that became the state of Missouri.  Dr. Chambers is an active member of the teaching staff of AIM/EOP teaching AFS 102 Themes in the Black Experience. With Dr. Dawn Harris, Dr. Chambers co-chaired an AFS scholarship initiative "What do civil rights mean to you?" in spring of 2017.

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 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. Shimelis 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




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.

Selected Publications:

Miletsky, Zebulon V. "Before Busing: Boston's Long Movement for Civil Rights and the Legacy of Jim Crow in the "Cradle of Liberty".  The Journal of Urban History February, 2017

Miletsky, Zebulon V. "Separatist City" The Mandela (Roxbury) Movement and the Politics of Secession, Self-Determination and Community Control, 1983-1986. The Trotter Review, October, 2016

Miletsky, Zebulon V. "The Dilemma of Interracial Marriage: The Boston NAACP and the National Equal Rights League, 1912-1927".  Massachusetts Historical Journal, January, 2016



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Dr. Adryan Wallace's research interests include gender, political economy, Islam and the dynamic interactions of politics and culture on political institutions.  The majority of her work focuses on how Muslim women in West Africa are able to articulate their development interests within the context of Sharia law and secular political institutions.  Her current book project analyzes the ways that Hausa women in Kano, Nigeria and Tamale, Ghana, use their non-governmental (NGO) and community-based organizations (CBOs) to challenge the economic roles ascribed to them by the state and to mobilize politically around gender issues.  Prior to joining the Department of Politics and Government, she was the Jackie McLean Fellow at the University of Hartford 2012-2013.  She completed her dissertation with the support of a Ford Foundation Dissertation Writing Fellowship 2011-2012 and conducted ten months of field work in Nigeria and Ghana after being awarded a Fulbright Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship 2010-2011. 


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Office: (631) 632 7408




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.


Selected Publications

Zadie Smith: Today's Writers and Their Works, (ebook) Marshall Cavendish, September 9, 2012

"Black British Women and the Politics of Hair,  In "Diasporic Women's Writing of the Black Atlantic (En)gendering Literature and Performance. Ed. Emilia Maria Duran, Almarza and Alverez Lopez, Routledge, 2016. 

 "Fighting for Power: A Comparative Reading of the white/black Female Relationship in Kathryn Sockett's The Help, Ousmane Sembene's Black Girl and Jamaica Kincaid's Lucy. Ed. Fiona Mills. Like one of the Family: Domestic Workers, Race and In/Visiibility in The Help. Cambridge Scholars Press, 2016.

"Bernadine Evaristo's Re-Writing of Roman London in The Emperor's Babe". Oxford University Press, forthcoming.


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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.
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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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