Faculty


Aitel, Fazia

 

Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Africana Studies
Ph.D. Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York
Research Interests:  Francophone literature from Africa and especially North Africa; Berber studies; immigration in France; women’s writing in France and North Africa; African cinema; nationalism; postcolonial theory and globalization
Teaching Interests:  French language and literature; comparative literature
Email:  Fazia.Aitel@claremontmckenna.edu

Bonaparte, Alicia

Associate Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies
Research Interests:  Lay health practitioners; racial health disparities; teenage pregnancy and infant mortality; reproductive health rights and ethics
Teaching Interests:  Sociology of health and medicine; African American social theory; sociology of deviance
Email:  Alicia_Bonaparte@pitzer.edu

 

Harris, Laura

 

Professor of English and World Literature, and Africana Studies
Ph.D. University of California, San Diego
Research Interests:  20th century African American literature and culture; feminist and queer
theory; Harlem Renaissance Studies; African Diaspora Studies; performance studies
Teaching Interests:  20th century African American literature and culture; feminist and queer
theory; Harlem Renaissance Studies; 
Email:  Laura_Harris@pitzer.edu

Hurley, Eric A.

Associate Professor of Psychology and Africana Studies
Ph.D., Howard University
Research Interests:  Culture and group processes; minority education; racial identity
Teaching Interests:  Culture and human development; African American psychology; cross-cultural psychology
Webpage:  http://www.hurleyeric.com/
Email:  Eric_Hurley@pomona.edu

Lytle, Gwendoyln

 

Professor of Music and Africana Studies; Resident Artist
M.A., New England Conservatory of Music
Teaching Interests: American music; opera
Email:  Gwendolyn.Lytle@pomona.edu

Mayes, April J.

Associate Professor of History and Africana Studies
Ph.D., University of Michigan
Research Interests:  Colonial and modern Caribbean history; transnational migration, gender, race, and sexuality; Latin American and Caribbean women’s history
Teaching Interests: Colonial and modern Caribbean history; colonial and modern Latin American history; U.S.-Latin American Relations; Afro-Latin America
Email:  April.Mayes@pomona.edu

 

Ratteray, Carolyn

Assistant Professor of Theatre and Africana Studies
Masters of Fine Arts University of San Diego/The Old Globe
Research Interests:  Works in theatre, TV, and voiceover in the greater Los Angeles area
Teaching Interests:  Acting Technique and Scene Study, Improvisation, Shakespeare, TV & Film
Email:  cr044747@pomona.edu

 

Roberts, Rita

Professor of History and Africana Studies
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Research Interests: Eighteenth and nineteenth centuries African American history; Civil War era
Teaching Interests: Nineteenth century United States history; African American History
Email:  Rita_Roberts@scrippscollege.edu

 

Shelton, Marie-Denise

Professor of Modern Languages and Africana Studies
Ph.D.  University of California, Los Angeles
Research Interests:  Caribbean literature; Haitian literature; women writers; Modern French literature
Teaching Interests:  Modern French Literature; African & Caribbean literature and cinema; Caribbean society and culture
Email:  Marie-Denise.Shelton@claremontmckenna.edu

 

 

Smith, Darryl A.

 

Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Africana Studies
Ph.D., Princeton University
Research Interests:  The art of living & sustainability; African diasporic thought; signification as spiritual practice; Pragmatism and Natural Piety; corporate polytheism and the psychology of immortal persons
Teaching Interests: Philosophy of religion; African American letters and theology; American Pragmatism theodicy and the problem of evil
Email:  Darryl.Smith@pomona.edu

Soliman, Maryan

 

Assistant Professor of Africana Studies
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
Research Interests: African American history; Marxism; the black freedom movement; labor organizing; southern history
Teaching Interests: Black political thought; social movements; working-class dissent
Email:  msoliman@scrippscollege.edu

 

 

Thomas, Valorie

Associate Professor of English and Africana Studies
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Research Interests: African diaspora theory; constructions of African diaspora social space; race and gender; theorizing indigenous consciousness 
Teaching Interests:  African-American literature (eighteenth-century through contemporary); African diaspora film; Native American literature  
Email:  VThomas@pomona.edu

Traoré, Makhroufi Ousmane

Assistant Professor of History and Africana Studies
Ph.D., University of Sorbonne-Paris IV
Research Interests:  Slavery in Africa, Trans-Saharan and Trans-Atlantic Worlds of Slavery, Imperialism and Colonialism in Africa, African Diaspora
Teaching Interests:  Early Modern Africa, Society and Islam in sub-Saharan Africa, Slavery in Africa, Trans-Saharan and Trans-Atlantic Worlds of Slavery Imperialism and Empire
Email:  makhroufi.traore@pomona.edu

 

Tyson, Vanessa

Assistant Professor of Politics and Africana Studies
PhD in Political Science, University of Chicago
Research Interests:  US Congress; Race, Ethnicity and Politics; US Domestic Policy; Sexual Violence; Inequality
Teaching Interests:  Black Americans and the Political System; Gender and Public Policy; Inequality and Public Policy; Environmental Policy
Email:  vanessa.tyson@scrippscollege.edu

 

Walker, Sheila

Professor of Psychology and Chair, Africana Studies
Ph.D., Cornell University
Research Interests:  Development of African American youth; identity; culture and cognition
Teaching Interests:  Child and adolescent development; race and ethnicity; cultural psychology; identity; psychology and Native Americans
Email:  Sheila_Walker@scrippscollege.edu

 

Weekes, Nicole Y.

Professor of Neuroscience and Africana Studies
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
Research Interests:  Individual and group differences in neuropsychological functioning; differences in hemispheric specialization; hemispheric communication and memory functioning
Teaching Interests: Biological bases of psychopathology; neuropsychological functioning; hemispheric specialization
Email:  nweekes@pomona.edu

 

Africana Studies Faculty Emeriti

Basu, Dipannita

Sociology and Africana Studies

Fairchild, Halford

Psychology and Africana Studies

Jackson, Agnes M.

World Literature, Pitzer College

Lemelle, Sidney J.

History and Africana Studies

Lewis, Samella

Art and Art History, Scripps College

McHenry, Dean

Politics, Claremont Graduate University

Wicker, Kathleen

Religious Studies, Scripps College

Staff


 

Young, Sonya

 

Administrative Coordinator: Sonya Young
Email: sonya_young@pitzer.edu

Office Assistants : Mara Burns, Antonio Gody, Ariel Lewis, Karease Williams