DePaul University College of LAS > Academics > African and Black Diaspora Studies > Faculty


The faculty and staff of African and Black Diaspora Studies are dedicated to our students' academic success. We strive to provide a friendly learning environment, individual academic advising, and engaging intellectual challenges in order to prepare our graduates to excel in their chosen professions with confidence.

Steering Committee

The African & Black Diaspora Steering Committee is a rotating group of faculty responsible for the governing and direction of the African & Black Diaspora Program

Tera Agyepong, History
Lisa Calvente, Intercultural Communication and Performance Studies
Mark DeLancey, History of Art and Architecture
Tom Foster, History
Jacqueline Lazú, Modern Languages Department
Shiera Malik, International Studies
Heidi Nast, International Studies
Ogenga Otunnu​, History
Christina Rivers, Political Science
Francesca Royster, English
Chernoh Sesay, Jr., Religious Studies

Affiliated Faculty

Affiliated faculty are faculty from across DePaul whose teaching and research connects to African & Black Diaspora studies

Clement Adibe, Political Science
Jane Baxter, Anthropology
Enora Brown, Education
Nancy Davis, SNL
Marcy Dinius, English
Fassil Demissie, Public Policy
Melanie Jones Gast, Sociology
David Akbar Gilliam, Modern Languages
Phyliss Griffin, Theater
Horace Hall, Education
Lawrence Hamer, Commerce
Stephen Haymes, Education
Dan Hibbler, SNL
Adrienne Holloway, School of Public Service
Stan Chu Ilo, Catholic Studies
Valerie Johnson, Political Science
Billy Johnson-Gonzalez, English
Tracey Lewis-Elligan, Sociology
Maria Masud​, Modern Languages
Aminah McCloud, Islamic World Studies and Religious Studies​
Ogenga Otunnu, History
Felix Masud Piloto, History
William Sampson, Public Policy
Traci Schlesinger, Sociology
Margaret Storey​, History
Lourdes Torres, Latin American and Latino Studies
Darrick Tovar-Murray, Education
Jill Weinberg, Sociology
Dexter Zollicofer, Theatre