Advisory Board

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Deborah Willis

Deborah Willis, Ph.D, is University Professor and Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and has an affiliated appointment with the College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Social & Cultural Analysis, Africana Studies, where she teaches courses on Photography & Imaging, iconicity, […]

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Benjamin Talton

Benjamin Talton is the director of the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center and Professor of History at Howard University. His research and writing explore histories of the African Diaspora, ethnicity and politics in Ghana, and the intersection of African and African American politics and popular culture in the 20th Century. He has taught at Temple University, Hofstra

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Olugbenga Ogedegbe

Olugbenga Ogedegbe

Gbenga Ogedegbe, a physician, is Professor of Population Health & Medicine, Chief Division of Health & Behavior and Director Center for Healthful Behavior Change in the Department of Population Health at the School of Medicine. Gbenga is a leading expert on health disparities research; his work focuses on the implementation of evidence-based interventions for cardiovascular risk reduction in

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Nyarko Yaw

Yaw Nyarko

Yaw Nyarko is a professor of Economics at New York University and the Director of the Center for Technology and Economic Development. He is also the Co-Director of the Development Research Institute, winner of the 2009 BBVA Frontiers in Knowledge Award on Economic Development Cooperation, and Founding Director of NYU Africa House. A theoretical economist,

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Fred Moten

Fred Moten‘s primary intellectual and aesthetic concerns are social movement and aesthetic experiment in black study. His latest projects are a poetry collection, Perennial Fashion Presence Falling (Wave Books, 2023), a record album, Fred Moten/Brandon López/Gerald Cleaver (Reading Group Records, 2022) and an essay collection, All Incomplete (Minor Compositions, 2021), co-authored with Stefano Harney, Xun

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Fatimah L.C. Jackson

Dr. Fatimah L.C. Jackson received her BA (cum laudewith Distinction in all subjects), MA, and PhD from Cornell University. She conducts research on, and is particularly interested in, human-plant coevolution, especially the influence of phytochemicals on human metabolic effects and evolutionary processes and in population substructure in peoples of African descent. She developed ethnogenetic layering

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Michael Dinwiddie

Michael D. Dinwiddie (NYU Gallatin BA, Individualized Study ’80, NYU Tisch School of the Arts MFA ’83) is a dramatist and composer whose works have been produced in New York, regional, and educational theater. He has been playwright-in-residence at Michigan State University, St. Louis University, Florida A&M University, and taught screenwriting courses at SUNY Stony Brook,

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Manthia Diawara

Manthia Diawara is a writer, filmmaker, cultural theorist, scholar and art historian. Diawara holds the title of University Professor at New York University, where he is Director of the Institute of African American Affairs. Diawara was born in Bamako, Mali and received his early education in France. He later received a Ph.D. from Indiana University in

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Renee Blake

Renée Blake

EDUCATION 1997Ph.D. in Linguistics, Stanford 1993M.A. in Linguistics, Stanford 1987B.SC. in Biology, Stanford AREAS OF RESEARCH/INTEREST Urban sociolinguistics; African American Vernacular English; languages and cultures of the Caribbean. Word. The Online Journal on African American English Voices of New York SELECTED PUBLICATIONS “Second Generation West Indian Americans and English in New York City,” with Cara

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Monique Bedasse

Dr. Monique Bedasse is Associate Professor of History at New York University where she teaches courses on Africa and the African diaspora. Broadly, her research interests include the intellectual, political, and social history of decolonization, pan-Africanism, African diasporic politics, and transnational approaches to history. She is the author of the award winning Jah Kingdom: Rastafarians, Tanzania, and Pan-Africanism in the age

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