Faculty and Staff

The Department of Africana Studies has a core group of faculty members who are the primary mentors for our students advising theses, internships, and directed readings in the department along with their traditional teaching and research responsibilities.


They are joined by a group of affiliated faculty members from across the university who teach courses for Africana Studies on a regular basis.

Core faculty and staff are those whose "home department" is Africana Studies or who are jointly appointed faculty members in both Africana Studies and another discipline within the College of Arts and Letters.

Affiliated faculty are those faculty members who have formal ties to Africana Studies through coursework, research, or service to the University focused on Africa, the Diaspora, and the African American experience. 

Core Faculty & Staff

Scott Barton

Assistant Professor

Shannon Carter

Departmental Coordinator, Africana Studies

Bernard Forjwuor

Director of Undergraduate Studies, Africana Studies; Assistant Professor

Maria K. McKenna

Professor of the Practice, Africana Studies & Education, Schooling, and Society; Director, Transformational Leaders Program & AnBryce Scholars

Ernest Morrell

Associate Dean, College of Arts and Letters; Coyle Professor in Literacy Education; Africana Studies, English, Institute of Educational Initiatives

Chanté Mouton Kinyon

Assistant Professor, English

Rev. Paulinus Odozor, C.S.Sp.

Professor, Africana Studies & Theology

(Rev. Canon) Hugh Page, Jr.

Vice President, Associate Provost; Professor, Africana Studies & Theology

Richard Pierce

Associate Professor, Africana Studies & History

Dianne Pinderhughes

Professor, Africana Studies & Political Science; Notre Dame Presidential Fellow

Mark Sanders

Chair, Department of Africana Studies; Professor, Africana Studies & English, Director, Notre Dame initiative on Race and Resilience

Zachary Sell

Assistant Professor

Affiliated Faculty

Steven Battin

Assistant Professor, Systematic Theology

Catherine Bolton

Associate Professor of Anthropology and Peace Studies

Jon Coleman

Andrew V. Tackes College Professor of History

Darren Davis

Professor, Political Science

LaDonna Forsgren

Professor, Film, Television, and Theatre

Korey Garibaldi

Assistant Professor, American Studies

Karen Graubart

Associate Professor, History

Stuart Greene

Emeritus Associate Professor, Africana Studies & English

Emmanuel Katongole

Professor of Theology and Peace Studies

Erin McDonnell

Associate Professor, Sociology

Marisel Moreno

Associate Professor, Spanish

Leslie L. Morgan

Associate Faculty Librarian

Paul Ocobock

Associate Professor, History

Rahul Oka

Ford Family Assistant Professor, Anthropology

Jacquetta Page

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Africana Studies

Karen Richman

Director, Undergraduate Studies Institute for Latino Studies and Creole Language and Culture Program

Jason Ruiz

Chair & Associate Professor, American Studies

Valerie Sayers

Emeritus Professor, English

Sophie White

Professor, American Studies