African American and African Diaspora Studies Faculty

Director

Sybil Williams Director of African American and African Diaspora Studies CAS - Performing Arts

Sybil R. Williams has spent the past twelve years cultivating her craft as a playwright and dramaturg. Her work has been professionally produced by Chicago’s ETA Creative Arts Theatre; New York’s Nati

  sroberts@american.edu

  (202) 885-3482

Affiliated Faculty

Donald Collins Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Donald Earl Collins is a freelance writer and historian who has written on the topics of multiculturalism, education reform, race, and the history of African American and American identity for more th

  collinsd@american.edu

Charneka Lane Professorial Lecturer CAS - Anthropology

Dr. Nikki Lane has a rich interdisciplinary research program that borrows from feminist and queer traditions within Linguistic Anthropology, Cultural Studies, and Critical Geographies. In addition to

Keith Leonard Associate Professor CAS - Literature

Keith D Leonard is the author of Fettered Genius: The African American Bardic Poet from Slavery to Civil Rights. His publications, presentations, and courses have revolved around his study of politica

  kdl@american.edu

  (202) 885-2961

Christopher Petrella Dir Advcy & Partnrshp ARPC SIS - School of International Service

Dr. Christopher Petrella teaches in American University's Critical Race, Gender, and Culture Studies Collaborative and serves as Director of Advocacy & Strategic Partnerships at the Antiracist Researc

  petrella@american.edu

Theresa Runstedtler Associate Professor CAS - History

Theresa Runstedtler is a scholar of African American history whose research examines black popular culture, with a particular focus on the intersection of race, masculinity, labor, and sport. She is t

  runstedt@american.edu

  (202) 885-6991

Elke Stockreiter Associate Professor CAS - History

Elke Stockreiter is a historian of modern Africa. Her research and teaching interests include the histories of colonialism, gender, race, and slavery in Africa and the Indian Ocean World. Trained as a

  estockre@american.edu

  (202) 885-6740