Catagory: 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 an Associate Professor in the Department of History at Temple University. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago and his BA in History at Howard University. Professor Talton is the author of Politics of Social Change in Ghana: The Konkomba Struggle for Political Equality (Palgrave 2010) and most recently In …

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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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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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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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K. Anthony Appiah

K. Anthony Appiah

Biography Professor K. Anthony Appiah was educated at the University Primary School at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi; at Ullenwood Manor, in Gloucestershire, and Port Regis and Bryanston Schools, in Dorset; and, finally, at Clare College, Cambridge University, in England, where he took both B.A. and Ph.D. degrees in the philosophy …

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Awam Amkpa

Former Senior Lecturer of Drama and Television at King Alfred’s University College, Winchester, England, and Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts at Mount Holyoke College. Author of Theatre and Postcolonial Desires, London:Routledge, 2003 and forthcoming Archetypes, Stereotypes and Polytypes: Theatres of the Black Atlantic. Director of film documentaries such as Winds Against Our Souls, Its All About Downtown, National Images and Transnational Desires, …

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Ousseina Alidou

Ousseina Alidou

Ousseina D. Alidou is Professor in the Department of African, Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Literatures and Comparative Literature at Rutgers University. She directed the Center for African Studies at Rutgers University (2009-Spring2015). Professor Alidou is a theoretical linguist whose research focuses on women’s agency in African Muslim societies; gendered discourses of citizenship and rights; gender, education, …

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