Dept of Africana Studies
3428 French Hall
Dear Africana Studies students, alumni and friends,
As Interim Head, I want to welcome you to UC's Africana Studies (AFST) department page. This AFST webpage will keep you abreast of some of the exciting things (programs and projects; faculty and students) that are going on in AFST. This year has been our department’s proudest yet, as we continue to develop new opportunities for our students, grow our faculty and establish new partnerships with the community.
The prize we are focused on this academic year is the successful development of a MA and PhD program and we are well on our way. At this point, we are moving smoothly through the college process. We are trying to have the program ready before or by 2016-17 at the earliest and 2017-2018 at the latest. We have completed our proposal and it is now under consideration by the University Provost. We were also granted another faculty position with an emphasis on health policy and we have successfully recruited a bright young scholar to fill that position, Dr. Guy-Lucien Whembolua.
Via our newsletters, social media and web postings, you will have a chance to read about the many ways that we, as a scholar/activist department, have been improving the lives of our students and community and researching questions that are fundamental to our cultural humanity and collective achievement. The beautiful Africana art prominently displayed in the Africana Studies wing of French Hall and in our Africana Studies Conference room are both outward signs of the vision started by our previous Head, Dr. Terry Kershaw. As interim Head, I plan to continue that vision. I invite you to read, visit and get involved. I also invite you to follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/AfricanaStudiesDepartment) and Twitter (@UCAfricana) to keep abreast of the many exciting things happening in Africana Studies here at the University of Cincinnati!
Ken Ghee, Ph.D.
Interim Head, UC Africana Studies Dept.
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and the Africana Studies Department of UC’s McMicken College of Arts and Sciences team up to offer a new class exploring the history of black churches in America. This course is open to the community – please click here if you are interested in signing up!
Collaborative project between A&S and CECH will use hands-on experience to teach undergraduate students how to address healthcare disparities in minority populations nationwide. For more information, regarding this certificate, please contact Dr. Edward Wallace, 513-556-0350 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Beginning in the summer of 2009, Dr. John Kalubi, Field Service Assistant Professor of African and African Diaspora Literatures, began sponsoring and travelling as the guide for the annual student educational trip to Tanzania. For more information regarding this trip, sponsorship or participation with this event, please contact: Dr. John Kalubi, 513-556-4232 or Email: email@example.com
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The National Council for Black Studies bestows Sankore Institutional Award to the department for its contributions to the discipline.
Joining the Africana Studies Department in Fall 2014 is Dr. Myriam Chancy. Dr. Chancy has been named a 2014 Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and will thus be on special leave for AY 2014/15. A mid-career award, the Guggenheim Fellowships are awarded "on basis of impressive achievement in the past and exceptional promise for future accomplishment" (NYT April 10, 2014). For more information on Dr. Chancy's Guggenheim award and project, please go to:
Dr. Jana Braziel joined the Africana Studies Department in the Fall 2013. Jana Evans Braziel is Professor of Africana Studies and affiliate faculty in English and Comparative Literature and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of Cincinnati. Braziel’s scholarly and pedagogical interests are in American hemispheric literatures and cultures, Caribbean studies, Haitian studies, and the intersections of diaspora, transnational activism, and globalization.
Dr. Guy-Lucien Whembolua joined the Africana Studies Department in 2012. Dr. Whembolua is an Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management in the department of Africana studies at the University of Cincinnati. He received his doctorate in Biobehavioral Health from the Pennsylvania State University. He was a Post-Doctoral Associate in the Program in Health Disparities Research (PHDR) and in the Center for Health Equity (CHE) at the University of Minnesota before joining the faculty at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Whembolua's research focuses on African immigrant health worldwide, U.S. minority health and public health in the Africana world.
Amuzie Chimezie, one of the founding faculty members of the Africana Studies Department at UC, died August 14, 2014. Angelene Jamison-Hall, Professor Emeritus of the Department of Africana Studies, wrote this tribute on the legacy of her departed colleague.
Kenneth Ghee, Associate Professor Africana Studies published a chapter in the (Howard & Jackson, edited) Book: Black Comics: Politics of Race and Representation: His book chapter is entitled: “Will the real black super heroes please stand up!” A critical analysis of the mythological and cultural significance of Black superheroes. Professor Ghee published an article: (Newton, Ghee & Langmeyer): “Correlates of African American Student Achievement: Implications for the PR1ZE Initiative” Journal of College Student Retention: Vol. 15(4) 605-631, 2013-2014. This research is part of the PR1ZE student retention initiative, named and co-founded by Ghee in 2008.
Joseph Takougang, Africana Studies History Professor, has a new publication, Cameroonian Immigrants in the United States. Although Cameroon’s image as a stable nation with a strong economy may have mitigated against any large-scale migration by Cameroonians following independence, the economic collapse beginning in the mid-1980s and the coerced implementation of democratic reforms in the early 1990s exposed fault lines in the nation’s economic and political institutions. As a result, thousands of Cameroonians have left the country in search of a better life abroad. While Europe remains the favorite destination for many of these migrants, a significant number have also come to the United States. Cameroonian Immigrants in the United States examines the increase in the population of Cameroonians in the United States in the last two decades, the difficulties that many of them must endure in order to come to America, and the challenges they face adapting their new environment.
Edward Wallace, Africana Studies Assoc. Professor published a paper titled “Increasing Community Engagement to meet the challenges of Mental Health Disparities in African American Communities” in The Ashgate Research Companion to Black Sociology: Contemporary Issues and Future Directions Wallace published a paper titled “Black Men’s Health and Manhood: A Hip- Hop Approach in HIV prevention” will appear in the book Droppin Knowledge: Hip Hop Pedagogy in the Academy by Karin L Stanford & Charles E. Jones (Baltimore, MD: Black Classic Press (upcoming).