Faculty, Staff & Students

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Tenure-Track Faculty

Johnson, Billi J.

Professor

3603 French Hall

513-556-1509

billi.johnson@uc.edu

Jones, Charles E.

Professor, Department Head

3624 French Hall

513-556-3584

jones3cl@UCMAIL.UC.EDU

Professor, Charles E. Jones, is an architect in the field of African-American studies.. At Old Dominion in Norfolk, Va., Jones’s first job, he built a minor program in black studies and headed the Institute for the Study of Minority Issues. Then he went on to Georgia State where he built an undergraduate program and then a master’s program. Dr. Jones is a board member of the National Council of Black Studies (NCBS), the leading professional organization for those in the field of African-American studies. Jones has spent a career grooming the future of Africana studies—from building programs to doing original research to encouraging students in the classroom. Now he is looking forward to completing his “marathon,” as he refers to his career, at UC. He is currently teaching Black Politics and Intro to Africana Studies.

Takougang, Joseph

Professor

3613 French Hall

513-556-0355

joseph.takougang@uc.edu

Joseph Takougang is Professor of African history in the Department of Africana Studies and an affiliate faculty in the Department of History at the University of Cincinnati. He obtained a BA in history from the University of Yaounde, Cameroon, and an MA and PhD in African history from the University of Illinois, Chicago. His researches and writes on colonial and post-colonial Africa, with a focus on Cameroon. A secondary interest focuses on contemporary African migration, particularly to the United States.

Wallace, Edward V

Associate Professor

3609 French Hall

513-556-3841

wallaced@UCMAIL.UC.EDU

Edward V. Wallace is an Associate Professor in the Department of Africana Studies at the University of Cincinnati. After completing is undergraduate studies at the State University of New York College at Cortland, he earned a Masters of Public Health degree at the University of Massachusetts, School of Public Health in community health, and a doctorate in health promotion from The University of Alabama.

Whembolua, Guy-Lucien

Assistant Professor

3605 French Hall

513-556-2423

guy-lucien.whembolua@uc.edu

Dr. Whembolua is a behavioral scientist with general expertise in public health in low-income countries (global health), immigrant health and substance use among underserved populations (health disparities). He currently serves as the director of the Global Health Studies certificate and the Africana Health research laboratory, a global health research laboratory. He is an Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management in the department of Africana studies at the University of Cincinnati.

Professor Whembolua is the current Chair-Elect of the American Public Health Association Caucus on Refugee and Immigrant Health.

Wright II, Earl

Professor

1009 Crosley Tower

513-556-3933

earl.wright@uc.edu

Earl Wright II is a Professor in the Department of Sociology. He is the author of multiple peer reviewed publications and books including W. E. B. Du Bois and the Atlanta Sociological Laboratory: The First American School of Sociology (Routledge / Ashgate), What to Expect and How to Respond: Distress and Success in Academia (Rowman and Littlefield), The Ashgate Research Companion to Black Sociology (Ashgate), and Re-Positioning Race: Prophetic Research in a Post-Racial Obama Age (SUNY Press).

Educator Faculty

Kalubi, John K.

Associate Teaching Professor

3622A French Hall

513-556-4232

john.kalubi@uc.edu

K. John Kalubi PhD is Field Service Assistant Professor of African and African Diaspora literatures. He teaches various courses in African and African American intellectual ideas, literature and history. Dr. Kalubi received his MA and PhD from the University of Cincinnati and a Magistere from the University of Paris-Sorbonne in French and Francophone cultures and literatures. He has teaching and research interests in the post-colonial African intellectual ideas and African Diaspora contemporary literary perspectives.

Adjunct Faculty

Cudjoe, Karen Jean

440 Langsam Library

513-556-0350

Jackson, Eric R

Old Chemistry Building

513-556-0350

Affiliate Faculty

Banjo, Omotayo

Associate Professor

121-A McMicken Hall

513-556-2142

omotayo.banjo@uc.edu

Omotayo Banjo, PhD (Penn State University, 2009) focuses on representation and audience responses to racial and cultural media. Her work has been published in peer reviewed journals including Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, Communication Theory, Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, Journal of Media and Religion, and Race and Social Problems. She has also presented her research at regional, national and international conferences which include the International Communication Association, National Communication Association, Association for Education  in Journalism & Mass Communication, and the Collegium for African-American Research.  Dr. Banjo teaches courses related to media theory, identity, and race. She is also an affiliate faculty of Africana Studies, Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, and Journalism.

Bates, Littisha

Associate Professor (PhD, Arizona State University)

1014 Crosley Tower

513-556-4714

littisha.bates@uc.edu

Sociology of Education; Early Childhood Education; Racial and Ethnic Stratification; Demography; Quantitative Research Methods; Immigration
 

Leininger-Miller, Theresa

Associate Professor

6489B Aronoff Center

513-556-0273

theresa.leininger@uc.edu

Professor Leininger-Miller (Ph.D., Yale University) teaches 19th-21st-century American and European art history.  Publications include New Negro Artists in Paris: African American Painters and Sculptors in the City of Light, 1922-1934 (Rutgers, 2001); several anthology chapters; essays in Deborah Grant; Harlem Renaissance; Black Paris; Paris Connections: African American Artists in Paris; and Picture Cincinnati in Song; and multiple book and exhibition reviews.  Leininger-Miller has lectured throughout the U.S., France and Germany, and appeared on radio, television, and in documentaries. She has curated exhibitions at the Public Library of Cincinnati, Yale University Art Gallery, and Weston Art Gallery. Awards are from the NEH, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Research Center, Kress, Luce, and Smithsonian Institution.  At UC, Leininger-Miller won the Diversity Ambassador Award, the Outstanding Academic Advising Award, the President's Quality Service Award, and the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Research. Leininger-Miller was Chair of the national professional organization, the Association of Historians of American Art.

Rodriguez, Leila

Associate Professor & Director of Undergraduate Studies

450 Braunstein Hall

513-556-5783

leila.rodriguez@uc.edu

I am a cultural anthropologist and demographer who researches the relationship between socioeconomic inequalitites and international migration, from the perspectives of both sending and receiving communities. 

I also study the use of cultural expert witnesses in legal proceedings in the U.S. and Latin America as a mechanism for improving minority populations' access to justice. 

Ultimately, my goal is but a single one: to contribute, through sound empirical and ethnographic research, to a better understanding and management of international migration and cultural diversity.

Regional interests: Latin America, Africa, U.S.

For more information: antropologiaymigracion.wordpress.com


 

Emeriti Faculty

Ghee, Kenneth

Professor Emeritus

3611 French Hall

513-556-5553

ken.ghee@uc.edu

Dr. Kenneth L. Ghee was born in Harlem, New York in 1956 and raised in Trenton, New Jersey. In 1978 he earned his B.A. degree in Psychology from Boston University. He went on to earn his Ph.D. in Health and Social Psychology at the University of Houston in 1983. Dr. Ghee came to the University of Cincinnati in 1985 with joint appointments in the Departments of Internal Medicine and Psychology. He was tenured in Psychology in 1993. After 23 years in the Department of Psychology, he is currently an Associate Professor and Interim Dept. Head, in the Department of Africana Studies. Over the years, Dr. Ghee has received numerous awards: including the 1992, George Barbour Award for outstanding faculty-student relations and the 2006 A.B. Dolly Cohen Award for Distinguished Teaching. In 2008, Dr. Ghee co-founded the PR1ZE program (Putting Retention 1st in the Zest for Excellence) to foster and promote retention and graduation for under-served students.

Staff

Fist, Sandra L.

Financial Administrator

3428D French Hall

513-556-6657

Lane, Wendy Carolyn

Executive Staff Assistant (NE)

3428 French Hall

513-556-4109

wendy.lane@uc.edu

Thomas, Daphney C

Coord Spec Proj/Programs NE

3514 French Hall

513-556-0785

daphney.thomas@uc.edu