Africana Studies

Program Faculty

Eric DeMeulenaere, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Education
Urban Education; Critical Pedagogy; Critical Theory; Critical Media Literacy; Communities of Practice in Schools and Classrooms; Pedagogies of Trust; Participatory Action Research; Counterstory-telling
Tel: 1-508-421-3750

Anita Häusermann Fábos, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, International Development, Community, and Environment Department
Associate Professor of International Development and Social Change Refugees and forced migrants, especially refugees in urban areas in the Middle East and Africa; population displacement and mobility; gender, diaspora, and citizenship; anthropology of ethnicity and race; transnational Islam; Arab League states’ immigration and naturalisation policies; music and migration; Muslim Arab Sudanese diaspora.
Tel: 1-508-421-3826

Odile Ferly, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Language, Literature and Culture Department
Dr. Ferly's research interests are Caribbean literatures and cultures from a comparative perspective, including the Anglophone, Francophone, and Hispanic regions. She studies especially contemporary women's writing from the Caribbean and its diaspora. Her work focuses on the issues of race and gender in connection with history, language, and the Caribbean literary tradition. She teaches interdisciplinary courses on literatures and cultures from Francophone countries, on French popular culture, immigration in France and on Caribbean writing from a comparative perspective.
Tel: 1-508-793-7723

Ellen Foley, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, International Development, Community and Environment Department
Associate Professor of International Development and Social Change Neoliberal health reform in West Africa, gender and health disparities, reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, access to health-enabling resources, urban health, youth violence.
Tel: 1-508-421-3815

Janette T. Greenwood, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of History
Dr. Greenwood teaches a variety of courses in U.S. history including Race and Ethnicity in American History, History of the American South, Reconstruction, The Gilded Age, and Public History. She is the author of First Fruits of Freedom: The Migration of Former Slaves and Their Search for Equality in Worcester, Massachusetts, 1862-1900 (2010); Bittersweet Legacy: The Black and White "Better Classes" in Charlotte, (1994); and The Gilded Age: A History in Documents (2000. She is also co-author of an innovative U.S. History survey text, American Horizons: U.S. History in a Global Context (3rd edition, 2017). She is co-curator of Reimagining an American Community of Color: The portraits of William Bullard, 1897-1817, an exhibition at the Worcester Art Museum which opened in October 2017, and co-editor of the exhibition catalogue.
Tel: 1-508-793-7286

Esther Jones, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of English; Associate Provost and Dean of the Faculty; E. Franklin Frazier Chair in African American Literature, Theory, and Culture
Dr. Jones specializes in the study of black women writers in the Americas, with a focus on the intersections of race, gender, class, and nationality and theorizations of difference. She has a particular interest in speculative literatures and science fiction by feminists and writers of color, and how such texts attempt to theorize and/or critique how difference operates within contemporary culture.
Tel: 1-508-793-7141

Willem Klooster, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of History
Dr. Klooster specializes in the history of the Atlantic world (15th-19th centuries). He teaches classes on comparative colonialism (the Americas), the age of Atlantic revolutions (1776-1824), and Caribbean history. His recent research includes, Revolutions in the Atlantic World: A Comparative History (New York University Press, 2009) and Migration, Trade, and Slavery in an Expanding World: Essays in Honor of Pieter Emmer (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2009).
Tel: 1-508-421-3768

James T. Murphy, Ph.D
Professor, Graduate School of Geography; Adjunct Professor, International Development, Community and Environment Department
Editor-in-Chief, Economic Geography; Economic geography, technological change, sustainable development, developing economies
Tel: 508-793-7687

Nicole Overstreet, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Hiatt School of Psychology
The relation between stigma, stereotyping, and health in marginalized groups. I am particularly interested in examining the role of stigma and stereotyping on mental and sexual health outcomes as it relates to experiences of intimate partner violence (IPV) and sexual objectification.
Tel: 508-793-7231

Ousmane Power-Greene, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of History
Dr. Power-Greene teaches courses on African American history, especially those that deal with African American social and political movements. His dissertation examined debates over emigration and colonization within the Abolition Movement. Currently, he is researching twentieth century African American internationalism in the thought and activism of Hubert H. Harrison.
Tel: 1-508-421-3725

Shelly Tenenbaum, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology
Coordinator of Undergraduate Activities, Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies
American Jewish Studies, race and ethnicity, social stratification, comparative genocide, gender
Tel: 1-508-793-7241

Adjunct Faculty

Ed Carr, Ph.D.
Professor and Director, International Development, Community and Environment Department; Adjunct Professor, Graduate School of Geography
Livelihoods, International Development, Adaptation to Global Change, Vulnerability and Resilience, Food Security, Climate Services, Gender and Identity, Humanitarian Assistance
Tel: 1-508-421-3895

Part-Time Faculty

Barbara Beall-Fofana, Ph.D.

Lynn Frederiksen, M.F.A.
African Dance

Eric Hofbauer, M.Mus.
Professional website

Visiting Faculty

Nigel Brissett, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, International Development, Community and Environment Department
Educational policy and leadership; globalization and education; higher educational access and equity; critical policy analysis; postcolonial studies; critical theory; public policy
Tel: 1-508-793-7691

Raphael Rogers, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Practice, Department of Education
Tel: 1-508-793-7333