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Tenure-Track Faculty

Johnson, Billi J.


3603 French Hall



Jones, Cassandra L

Asst Professor

French Hall



Jones, Charles E.

Professor, Department Head

3624 French Hall



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


3613 French Hall



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



Edward. V. Wallace, specializes in the area of Community Health where he addresses health disparities in vulnerable populations.  His research area of focus is in three distinct areas: Racial and Ethnic Health Inequality, Health Policy, and Minority Health.  He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Africana Studies, the director and creator of the Minority Health Certificate, and an Affiliate faculty member with the College of Medicine at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Wallace has received the Spirit of Excellence Award and has published numerous peer-reviewed articles while at the University of Cincinnati. Most recently in (2018) he published Passing the Healthcare Bill from Obama to Trump: More Confusion, More Health Disparities. Journal of Race and Policy. 13 (1), 45 – 49. Dr. Wallace received his training from The State University of New York College at Cortland, The University of Massachusetts at Amherst, School of Public Health, and University of Alabama, School of Public Health.  

Whembolua, Guy-Lucien

Associate Professor

3605 French Hall



Dr. Whembolua is an Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management in the department of Africana studies and an affiliate faculty in the College of Medicine at the University of Cincinnati. As behavioral scientist, his research explores interdisciplinary approaches to the study of infectious diseases in low-income countries (global health), immigrant health and behavioral factors influencing health among underserved populations (health disparities). He is the director of the Global Health Studies certificate.

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

Wright II, Earl


1009 Crosley Tower



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



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

Jackson, Eric R


Simonson, Jr., Kenneth Winston

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Affiliate Faculty

Banjo, Omotayo

Associate Professor

121-A McMicken Hall



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



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

Leininger-Miller, Theresa


6489B Aronoff Center



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

450 Braunstein Hall



I am a cultural anthropologist and demographer whose research centers on the local-level integration of migrants. Framed by theories of displacement, "illegality", politics of representation and the anthropology of the good, I ask how multiple perspectives and representation of migrants shape their integration, how policies, institutions and communities shape inclusion and exclusion of migrants, and how anthropological research can impact local policy.

My second line of research examines the use of culture as judicial evidence – provided by anthropological expert witnesses – in legal conflicts that involve immigrants and refugees. 

I also have a passion for research methods and seek to explore 

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: Central America, U.S.

For more information: leilarodriguezphd.com

Emeriti Faculty

Ghee, Kenneth

Professor Emeritus

French Hall



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.


Forbes, Brandi

Program Coordinator (NE)

4150U EDWARDS 1 Edwards Center



O'Neal, Evajean S

Business Administrator

3824D French Hall