Evelyn Simien

Interim Director and Professor

Fiona Vernal

Interim Associate Director and Associate Professor

Director, (EPOCH) Engaged, Public, Oral, and Community Histories, Director of Undergraduate Studies, History

Faculty and Staff

Bede Agocha

Assistant Professor in Residence

Alexis Boylan


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Marketa Burnett

Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Sciences

Amanda Cannada

Institute Coordinator

Kate Capshaw

Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Professor

Elaine Chu

Academic Advisor

Bryan Cooper Owens

Visiting Instructor

Deirdre Cooper Owens

Associate Professor

Martha Cutter


David Embrick

Associate Professor, Director, Sustainable Global Cities Initiative, Hartford Campus

Dexter Gabriel

Assistant Professor

Martine Granby

Assistant Professor

Cato Laurencin

University Professor Core Faculty Member Africana Studies Institute, Albert and Wilda Van Dusen Distinguished Endowed Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Jeffrey Ogbar

Professor and Director - Center for the Study of Popular Music

Melina Pappademos

Associate Professor

Shawn Salvant

Associate Professor

Fumilayo Showers

Assistant Professor

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Erika Williams

Associate Professor

Affiliate Faculty

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Linda Barry

Associate Professor, Director- Office of Multicultural and Community Affairs, Director- Visiting Externship for Underrepresented Students in Medicine (VESUM)

Noel Cazenave


Shardé Davis

Assistant Professor

Katerina Gonzalez Seligmann

Associate Professor

Sandy Grande


Preston Green

John and Maria Neag Professor of Urban Education

Matthew Hughey


Guillermo Irizarry

Associate Professor

Hassanaly Ladha

Affiliate Faculty of the Africana Studies and Associate Professor of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages

Fred Lee

Associate Professor

Adrienne Macki

Associate Professor

Joshua Mayer

Affiliate Faculty

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Micki McElya


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Jennifer McGarry

Professor and Department Head

Melanie Newport

Assistant Professor

Candi Nwakasi

Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Sciences

Sita Nyame

Affiliate Faculty of the Africana Studies Institute

Grégory Pierrot

Associate Professor

Bhakti Shringarpure

Associate Professor

Manisha Sinha

Professor and the James L. and Shirley A. Draper Chair in American History

Raja Staggers-Hakim

Affiliate Faculty of the Africana Studies Institute and Assistant Professor of Sociology

Robert Stephens

Professor Emeritus

Ngozi Taffe

Affiliate Faculty of the Africana Studies Institute and Associate Vice President for Global Affairs

Ryan Talbert

Assistant Professor

Frank Tuitt

Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer at UConn, and Professor of Higher Education and Student Affairs