Meet Our Faculty

Donald Carter, Professor of Africana Studies

B.A., University of California at Santa Cruz; M.A. and Ph.D., University of Chicago
Areas of expertise: culture theory, racial formation, visual culture, diaspora, invisibility and transnational cultural politics

Mark Cryer, Chair, Associate Professor of Theatre

B.A., University of Minnesota; M.F.A., Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama
Areas of expertise: acting, Shakespeare, African-American theatre, Sanford Meisner, Uta Hagen and August Wilson

A. Todd Franklin, the Sidney Wertimer Professor of Philosophy & Chair Africana Studies

B.A., University of Chicago; Ph.D., Stanford University
Areas of expertise: existentialism, African-American philosophy and Nietzsche

Shelley Haley, Professor of Classics and Africana Studies

A.B., Syracuse University; Ph.D., University of Michigan
Areas of expertise: ancient Africa including ancient Egypt, Cleopatra, Latin pedagogy, Classica Africana, Roman social history focusing on constructs of race, gender and sexuality; black feminist thought; and critical race feminism and African-American women's intellectual history

Heather Merrill, Professor of Africana Studies

B.A., New York University; M.A., Teachers College Columbia University; M.A., University of Chicago; M.A. and Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Areas of expertise: critical human geography; race, place, and belonging in Italy, Black Europe, and the U.S.; gender and intersectionality; African Diasporic politics and identity in Italy; Blackness and anti-blackness

Angel David Nieves, Associate Professor of Africana Studies

B. Arch., Syracuse University; M.A., Binghamton University; Ph.D., Cornell University
Areas of expertise: race and the built environment, digital humanities, spatial humanities, heritage preservation, urban history, South Africa and Southern Africa, truth and reconciliation in post-conflict countries and diaspora studies

Vincent Odamtten, Professor of Literature and Creative Writing

B.A. and M.A., University of Cape Coast, Ghana; Ph.D., State University of New York at Stony Brook
Areas of expertise: African literature with a focus of Ghanaian and women's literature, 20th-century Caribbean literature, African-American literature, science fiction, literary criticism and use of digital technology in the study of literature

Nigel Westmaas, Associate Professor of Africana Studies

B.A., University of Guyana; M.A. and Ph.D., Binghamton University
Areas of expertise: history, sociology and Africana studies

Contact Information

Africana Studies Program

198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323
315-859-4282 315-859-4253 africanastudies@hamilton.edu
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