• Selwyn R. Cudjoe

    Margaret E. Deffenbaugh and LeRoy T. Carlson Professor in Comparative Literature; Professor of Africana Studies

    B.A., M.A., Fordham University; Ph.D., Cornell University

    Expert on Caribbean literature and Caribbean intellectual history.


  • Layli Maparyan

    Layli Maparyan

    Katherine Stone Kaufmann '67 Executive Director of the Wellesley Centers for Women and Professor of Africana Studies

    B.A., Spelman College; M.S., Pennsylvania State University; Ph.D., Temple University

    Executive Director of the Wellesley Centers for Women; expert on the womanist worldview and activist methodology.


  • Professor Pashington Obeng

    Pashington Obeng

    Associate Professor of Africana Studies

    B.A., University of Ghana; Th.M., Princeton Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Boston University

    Specializes in Indian Ocean & Transatlantic African Diaspora studies, Anthropology of religion in continental Africa & New World Afro-Atlantic areas, cultural communication focusing on Black filmic representations.


  • Geofred Osoro

    Geofred Osoro

    Visiting Lecturer in Africana Studies

    B.A., Moi University; M.A., University of Nairobi

    Research focuses on Swahili proverbial language and the sociocultural theory.


  • Donna A. Patterson

    Assistant Professor of Africana Studies

    B.A., University of Houston; M.A., Ph.D., Indiana University

    Historian with training in Africa and the African Diaspora with research in the history of medicine, gender, pharmaceuticals, drug policy, and entrepreneurship.


  • Filomina Clarice Steady

    Professor of Africana Studies

    B.A., Smith College; M.A., Boston University; B.Litt., D.Phil., Oxford University

    Studies of global gender systems and hierarchies; Africa and African Diaspora; social and environmental justice; international consulting.


Faculty Emeritus/a

  • Judith Rollins

    Judith Rollins

    Professor Emerita of Africana Studies and Sociology

    B.A., M.A., Howard University; Ph.D., Brandeis University

    Sociologist with a focus on social psychology; women’s studies; and the intersection of gender, race and class.