Meet Our Faculty

Donald Carter

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

Mark Cryer, Chair and 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

A. Todd Franklin, the Christian A. Johnson Excellence in Teaching Professor of Philosophy and Africana Studies

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

Shelley Haley, Edward North Chair of Classics and Professor of 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

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
Vincent Odamtten

Vincent Odamtten, Professor of Literature, Chair Africana Studies

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

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
315-859-4205 315-859-4625 vodamtte@hamilton.edu
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