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African and African Diaspora Studies

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Carlota Caulfield
Professor of Spanish and Spanish American Studies
Program Head, Spanish and Spanish American Studies
Program Head, Latin American Studies Program
Mills Hall Room 333, 510.430.2356,
Professional Interests: Contemporary Iberian and Latin American Cultures and Literatures, the avant-garde and interdisciplinary approaches to art and poetry, Hispanic poetry, Hispanic women writers, Hispanic theater, Hispanic-Jewish literature, US Latino literature, feminist critical theories

Margaret Hunter
Associate Professor of Sociology
Department Head of Sociology and Anthropology
Vera Long 116, 510.430.3220,
Professional Interests: Comparative racial and ethnic relations, sociology of gender, sociology of hip hop, women of color in the United States, sociology of knowledge

Martha C. Johnson
Assistant Professor of Government
Vera Long 107, 510.430.3310,
Professional Interests: Comparative politics, African politics, democratization, food politics, the politics of development

Ajuan Mance
Professor of English
Mill Hall Room 311, 510.430.2217,
Professional Interests: African American literature, 19th-century American literature, US popular culture, the oral tradition in US literature, Black feminist thought, African American art

Brinda Mehta
Professor of French and Francophone Studies
Germaine Thompson Professorship in French Studies
Co-Chair of Department of Languages and Literatures
Program Head of French and Francophone Studies
Mill Hall Room 326, 510.430.2212,
Professional Interests: Nineteenth-century French literature, psychoanalysis and feminist critical theories, Caribbean and African francophone literatures

Julia C. Oparah
Professor of Ethnic Studies
Program Head
Sabbatical, Spring 2015
Mill Hall Room 343, 510.430.3163,
Professional Interests: African diaspora studies, Black British studies, black feminist theory, women of color organizing, transnational prison-industrial complex, women and transgender prisoners

Patricia Powell
Professor of English
Aurelia Henry Reinhardt Professorship
Program Head
Mill Hall Room 351, 510.430.2204,
Professional Interests: Creative writing: fiction and nonfiction; Caribbean literature; African women writers; gay and lesbian literature; contemporary fiction

Bruce B. Williams
Professor of Sociology
Fletcher Jones Chair
Director, Summer Academic Workshop (SAW)
Vera Long 115, 510.430.2017,
Professional Interests: Economic development and social change, comparative race and ethnic relations, historical sociology, urban sociology, rural sociology

India Cooke
Lecturer, Spring
Professional Interests: African American music and culture, violin performance, improvisation

Visiting Scholars

Filomena Borges
Visiting Assistant Professor
Mills Hall 334, 510.430.2199,
Office Hours: Mondays, Wednesdays 12:20-12:50 and by appointment
Professional Interests: Nineteenth- and 20th-century peninsular literature, literary translation, Portuguese and Brazilian literature, creative writing (poetry and playwriting), Spanish women writers, theater, Post-Portuguese Carnations Revolution culture and cultural production, food and culture, second language acquisition


Holly Robinson
Faculty Administrative Assistant
Vera Long reception, 510.430.2113,

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Last Updated: 2/4/15