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Faculty Affiliates

Our work is divided into eight areas of specialization that bring together ARPC's faculty affiliates from different disciplines. Please browse our faculty affiliates by thematic area.

 

Arts and Literature

Zoe Charlton Associate Professor CAS - Art

I have positioned my practice in the vein of social commentary. I make large scale figure drawings, primarily of women adorned with culturally loaded objects and covered in dense collaged landscapes.

  charlton@american.edu

  (202) 885-3851

Tim Doud Professor CAS - Art

Tim Doud’s paintings and drawings address two seemingly distinct bodies of work, one figurative and one abstract. These bodies of works serve as a backdrop to broader discussions around constructed id

  tim.doud@american.edu

  (202) 885-3992

Neisha-Anne Green Director, Academic Student Services Writing Center CAS - Literature

Academic Interests: Social Justice Pedagogy, Writing Center Theory and Practice, Writing Center Tutor Education What began as volunteer work has blossomed into passion for Neisha-Anne. Outside of he

  ngreen@american.edu

  (202) 885-2392

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

Juliana Martinez Assistant Professor CAS - World Languages and Cultures

Professor Martínez focuses on the intersection of violence and body politics in the Latin-American and US Latino context. Her two main areas of research are: representation of historical violence rece

  jmartinez@american.edu

  (202) 885-2586

Dolen Perkins-Valdez Associate Professor CAS - Literature

Dolen Perkins-Valdez is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel Wench. *USA Today* called the book "deeply moving" and "beautifully written." *People* called it "a devastatingly beautiful a

  perkinsv@american.edu

  (202) 885-2978

Sarah Trembath Professorial Lecturer CAS - Literature

Sarah Trembath is an editor, writer, and educator. She has been teaching college-level composition since 2008 and joined the AU faculty in 2014. Her work has appeared in Radical Teacher, the Santa Fe

  trembath@american.edu

  (202) 885-1456

Ximena Varela Director, Arts Management Program CAS - Performing Arts

Ximena Varela is a researcher, educator, and consultant with more than 25 years of experience in arts management curricular design (both on campus and online), museum management, international cultura

  varela@american.edu

  (202) 885-3883

David Vazquez Associate Professor CAS - Literature

David J. Vázquez is Associate Professor of Literature and Critical Race, Gender, and Culture Studies. He teaches courses on comparative Latina/o/x literature, comparative ethnic American literature, c

  dvazquez@american.edu

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

Li (Lily) Wong Associate Professor CAS - Literature

Lily Wong is an Associate Professor in the departments of Literature (LIT) and Critical Race Gender and Culture Studies (CRGC) at American University. Her research focuses on the politics of affect/em

  wong@american.edu

  (202) 885-2987

Borders and Immigration

Marcelo Bohrt Assistant Professor SIS - School of International Service

Marcelo Bohrt is a sociologist interested in racial politics and statecraft in the Americas. His primary area of research ethnographically investigates the coloniality of state bureaucracies, or how c

  bohrt@american.edu

  (202) 885-6701

Ernesto Castaneda-Tinoco Associate Professor CAS - Sociology

Ernesto Castañeda conducts research on migration, urban issues, health disparities, vulnerable populations, and social movements. He compares immigrant integration and ethnic political mobilization in

  (202) 885-2412

Eileen Findlay Professor and Department Chair, Critical RGC Studies CAS - Critical RGC Studies

Eileen Findlay graduated from Oberlin College and the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where she held a Jacob Javits fellowship. Both her books, 'We Are Left Without a Father Here': Masculinity, Dome

  efindla@american.edu

  (202) 885-6264

Anthony Fontes Assistant Professor SIS - School of International Service

Anthony W. Fontes, geographer and ethnographer, writes and teaches about violence, migration and forced displacement, transnational illicit economies, mass incarceration, and the politics of security

  awfontes@american.edu

  (202) 885-6704

Janice Iwama Assistant Professor SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

Professor Iwama’s research primarily focuses on examining local conditions and social processes that influence hate crimes and racial profiling, particularly against Latino and immigrant populations.

  iwama@american.edu

  (202) 885-3004

Randolph Persaud Associate Professor SIS - School of International Service

Randolph B. Persaud is Associate Professor of International Relations at American University in Washington D.C. He specializes in the areas of race and international relations, globalization, human se

  persaud@american.edu

Tazreena Sajjad Sr Professorial Lecturer SIS - School of International Service

Tazreena Sajjad currently serves as Senior Professorial Lecturer in the Global Governance, Politics and Security (GGPS) Program in the School of International Service (SIS) at American University in W

  sajjad@american.edu

  (202) 885-6572

Salvador Vidal-Ortiz Associate Professor CAS - Sociology

Dr. Vidal-Ortiz's scholarship cuts across racialization, sexuality, gender, migration and religion, and is interdisciplinary. He coedited two award winning books: The Sexuality of Migration, and Queer

  vidalort@american.edu

  (202) 885-2443

Thespina Yamanis Associate Professor SIS - School of International Service

Dr. Thespina (Nina) Yamanis’ professional interests are in identifying the mechanisms that link social and structural conditions to health disparities and in designing community-based interventions to

  nina.yamanis@american.edu

  (202) 885-6562

Civil Rights and Resistance Movements

Marcelo Bohrt Assistant Professor SIS - School of International Service

Marcelo Bohrt is a sociologist interested in racial politics and statecraft in the Americas. His primary area of research ethnographically investigates the coloniality of state bureaucracies, or how c

  bohrt@american.edu

  (202) 885-6701

Orisanmi Burton Assistant Professor CAS - Anthropology

As a social anthropologist working in the United States, my research examines the imbrication of grassroots resistance and state repression. Within this broad area of inquiry, my present work explores

  oburton@american.edu

  (202) 885-6792

Omekongo Dibinga Professorial Lecturer SIS - School of International Service

Dr. Omékongo Dibinga is the UPstander. His life’s mission is to inspire all across the globe to take a stand when they witness an injustice, no matter how small or large. He is a motivational speaker,

  dibinga@american.edu

N. Jeremi Duru Professor WCL - Washington College of Law

Professor N. Jeremi Duru teaches sports law, civil procedure, and employment discrimination, and he is among the nation’s foremost sports law authorities. He is a co-author of one of the field’s premi

  jduru@american.edu

Lia Epperson Senior Associate Dean for Faculty & Academic Affairs WCL - Academic Affairs

Lia Epperson, Professor of Law at American University Washington College of Law, is a nationally recognized expert in the areas of civil rights, constitutional law, and education policy, her scholarsh

  epperson@american.edu

  (202) 274-4431

Llezlie Green Professor WCL - Clinical Program

Llezlie L. Green is a Professor of Law at American University Washington College of Law. She is currently the Director of the Civil Advocacy Clinic and teaches Critical Race Theory. She has also taugh

  llgreen@american.edu

  (202) 274-4173

Manissa Maharawal Assistant Professor CAS - Anthropology

Manissa Maharawal's research focuses on the spatial and temporal dynamics of contemporary urban social movements in the United States, from Occupy Wall Street and anti-gentrification activism to Black

  manissam@american.edu

  (202) 885-6641

Elizabeth Rule Postdoctoral Fellow CAS - Critical RGC Studies

Dr. Elizabeth Rule is the Director of the AT&T Center for Indigenous Politics and Policy, Assistant Professor of Professional Studies, Director of the Semester in Washington Politics Program, and Facu

  rule@american.edu

Brenda Smith Professor WCL - Washington College of Law

Brenda V. Smith is the Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs and professor at the Washington College of Law, where she is the Co-Director of the Community Economic Development Law Cli

  bvsmith@american.edu

  (202) 274-4261

Salvador Vidal-Ortiz Associate Professor CAS - Sociology

Dr. Vidal-Ortiz's scholarship cuts across racialization, sexuality, gender, migration and religion, and is interdisciplinary. He coedited two award winning books: The Sexuality of Migration, and Queer

  vidalort@american.edu

  (202) 885-2443

Perry Zurn Assistant Professor CAS - Philosophy and Religion

Perry Zurn is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at American University. He researches in political philosophy, gender theory, and applied ethics. Zurn is the author of Curiosity and Power: The Politic

  pzurn@american.edu

  (202) 885-2964

Criminal Justice and Social Policy

Orisanmi Burton Assistant Professor CAS - Anthropology

As a social anthropologist working in the United States, my research examines the imbrication of grassroots resistance and state repression. Within this broad area of inquiry, my present work explores

  oburton@american.edu

  (202) 885-6792

TaLisa Carter Assistant Professor SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

TaLisa J. Carter, Ph.D. is a native of Long Island, New York, dedicated to understanding the interactions of deviance, social organizations, and race. Dr. Carter is an Assistant Professor in the Depar

  carter@american.edu

  (202) 885-3021

Angela Davis Distinguished Professor WCL - Washington College of Law

Angela J. Davis, Distinguished Professor of Law at American University Washington College of Law, is an expert in criminal law and procedure with a specific focus on prosecutorial power and racism in

  angelad@american.edu

Lallen T. Johnson Assistant Professor SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

Lallen T. Johnson is a social scientist that studies how crime and justice outcomes vary across urban space. He is particularly concerned with how social structural and institutional processes facilit

  johnsonl@american.edu

  (202) 885-6551

Jane Palmer Professorial Lecturer SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

Dr. Jane Palmer is the faculty director of the Community-Based Research Scholars program. In this role, she oversees a living-learning community of first year students who learn how to conduct communi

  jpalmer@american.edu

  (202) 885-3118

Brenda Smith Professor WCL - Washington College of Law

Brenda V. Smith is the Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs and professor at the Washington College of Law, where she is the Co-Director of the Community Economic Development Law Cli

  bvsmith@american.edu

  (202) 274-4261

Perry Zurn Assistant Professor CAS - Philosophy and Religion

Perry Zurn is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at American University. He researches in political philosophy, gender theory, and applied ethics. Zurn is the author of Curiosity and Power: The Politic

  pzurn@american.edu

  (202) 885-2964

Education

Raychelle Burks Associate Professor CAS - Chemistry

After working in a crime lab, Dr. Burks returned to academia, teaching, and forensic science research. An analytical chemist, she enjoys the challenge developing detection methods for a wide-variety o

  burks@american.edu

Irene Calis Professorial Lecturer CAS - Critical RGC Studies

Irene Calis is a decolonial scholar, educator, and organizer. Her research focuses on emancipatory politics from the perspective of those living their struggle. It is rooted in the radical transformat

  calis@american.edu

Zoe Charlton Associate Professor CAS - Art

I have positioned my practice in the vein of social commentary. I make large scale figure drawings, primarily of women adorned with culturally loaded objects and covered in dense collaged landscapes.

  charlton@american.edu

  (202) 885-3851

Amaarah DeCuir Professorial Lecturer SOE - School of Education

Dr. DeCuir is an Education Leadership scholar whose work, broadly speaking, focuses on the intersections of leadership, gender, and diverse cultural contexts to advance social justice.

  adecuir@american.edu

  (202) 885-2124

Tim Doud Professor CAS - Art

Tim Doud’s paintings and drawings address two seemingly distinct bodies of work, one figurative and one abstract. These bodies of works serve as a backdrop to broader discussions around constructed id

  tim.doud@american.edu

  (202) 885-3992

Neisha-Anne Green Director, Academic Student Services Writing Center CAS - Literature

Academic Interests: Social Justice Pedagogy, Writing Center Theory and Practice, Writing Center Tutor Education What began as volunteer work has blossomed into passion for Neisha-Anne. Outside of he

  ngreen@american.edu

  (202) 885-2392

Darien Smith Adjunct Instructor General Education

Darien Smith (He/Him/His) is a First-Year Advisor and AUx Instructor. Darien holds a BS in Psychology from Clemson University and an MEd in Higher Education, Student Affairs, and International Educati

  dariens@american.edu

Amanda Taylor Asst. VP of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Campus Life

Dr. Taylor's research and teaching focus on the intersection of culture, power, and education in domestic and international contexts. She earned her doctorate of education and her master's in educatio

  ataylor@american.edu

  (202) 885-3827

Sarah Trembath Professorial Lecturer CAS - Literature

Sarah Trembath is an editor, writer, and educator. She has been teaching college-level composition since 2008 and joined the AU faculty in 2014. Her work has appeared in Radical Teacher, the Santa Fe

  trembath@american.edu

  (202) 885-1456

Ximena Varela Director, Arts Management Program CAS - Performing Arts

Ximena Varela is a researcher, educator, and consultant with more than 25 years of experience in arts management curricular design (both on campus and online), museum management, international cultura

  varela@american.edu

  (202) 885-3883

Health and Environment

Raychelle Burks Associate Professor CAS - Chemistry

After working in a crime lab, Dr. Burks returned to academia, teaching, and forensic science research. An analytical chemist, she enjoys the challenge developing detection methods for a wide-variety o

  burks@american.edu

Celeste Davis Professorial Lecturer CAS - Health Studies

“Activism is my rent for living on the planet.” ― Alice Walker Celeste is an educator, activist, and engagement practitioner centering justice in the work of health equity and systems change. Her co

  cdavis@american.edu

  (202) 885-1568

Garrett Graddy-Lovelace Associate Professor SIS - School of International Service

Garrett Graddy-Lovelace researches and teaches global environmental and agricultural policy and agrarian politics. A critical geographer, she draws upon political ecology and decolonial studies to res

  graddy@american.edu

Sonya Grier Professor KSB - Marketing

Professor Grier is an interdisciplinary scholar with diverse expertise across private, government, and non-profit sectors. Her research examines marketplace topics related to race, with a focus on enh

  griers@american.edu

  (202) 885-1971

Jessica Owens-Young Assistant Professor CAS - Health Studies

Jessica Young is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Studies at American University. Her work broadly focuses on health in economically distressed and under-resourced communities. Dr. Y

  jessica@american.edu

  (202) 885-2726

Malini Ranganathan Associate Professor SIS - School of International Service

Dr Ranganathan serves as the Interim Faculty Director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center and is an associate professor at American University. She is a critical urban geographer with a broad

  malini@american.edu

David Vazquez Associate Professor CAS - Literature

David J. Vázquez is Associate Professor of Literature and Critical Race, Gender, and Culture Studies. He teaches courses on comparative Latina/o/x literature, comparative ethnic American literature, c

  dvazquez@american.edu

Thespina Yamanis Associate Professor SIS - School of International Service

Dr. Thespina (Nina) Yamanis’ professional interests are in identifying the mechanisms that link social and structural conditions to health disparities and in designing community-based interventions to

  nina.yamanis@american.edu

  (202) 885-6562

Inequality and Internationalism

Irene Calis Professorial Lecturer CAS - Critical RGC Studies

Irene Calis is a decolonial scholar, educator, and organizer. Her research focuses on emancipatory politics from the perspective of those living their struggle. It is rooted in the radical transformat

  calis@american.edu

Garrett Graddy-Lovelace Associate Professor SIS - School of International Service

Garrett Graddy-Lovelace researches and teaches global environmental and agricultural policy and agrarian politics. A critical geographer, she draws upon political ecology and decolonial studies to res

  graddy@american.edu

Jordanna Matlon Assistant Professor SIS - School of International Service

Dr. Matlon is an urban sociologist interested in questions of race and belonging in Africa and the African diaspora, and the ways “Blackness” as a signifier – and in its intersection with gender, clas

  jcmatlon@american.edu

  (202) 885-6720

Randolph Persaud Associate Professor SIS - School of International Service

Randolph B. Persaud is Associate Professor of International Relations at American University in Washington D.C. He specializes in the areas of race and international relations, globalization, human se

  persaud@american.edu

Malini Ranganathan Associate Professor SIS - School of International Service

Dr Ranganathan serves as the Interim Faculty Director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center and is an associate professor at American University. She is a critical urban geographer with a broad

  malini@american.edu

Tazreena Sajjad Sr Professorial Lecturer SIS - School of International Service

Tazreena Sajjad currently serves as Senior Professorial Lecturer in the Global Governance, Politics and Security (GGPS) Program in the School of International Service (SIS) at American University in W

  sajjad@american.edu

  (202) 885-6572

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

Li (Lily) Wong Associate Professor CAS - Literature

Lily Wong is an Associate Professor in the departments of Literature (LIT) and Critical Race Gender and Culture Studies (CRGC) at American University. Her research focuses on the politics of affect/em

  wong@american.edu

  (202) 885-2987

Markets and Media

Ernesto Castaneda-Tinoco Associate Professor CAS - Sociology

Ernesto Castañeda conducts research on migration, urban issues, health disparities, vulnerable populations, and social movements. He compares immigrant integration and ethnic political mobilization in

  (202) 885-2412

Sonya Grier Professor KSB - Marketing

Professor Grier is an interdisciplinary scholar with diverse expertise across private, government, and non-profit sectors. Her research examines marketplace topics related to race, with a focus on enh

  griers@american.edu

  (202) 885-1971

Bradley Hardy Associate Professor and Chair, DPAP SPA - Public Admin and Policy

Bradley Hardy is an Associate Professor of Public Administration and Policy at American University, where he also serves as department chair. He is a nonresident senior fellow in Economic Studies at t

  hardy@american.edu

  (202) 885-3881

Jordanna Matlon Assistant Professor SIS - School of International Service

Dr. Matlon is an urban sociologist interested in questions of race and belonging in Africa and the African diaspora, and the ways “Blackness” as a signifier – and in its intersection with gender, clas

  jcmatlon@american.edu

  (202) 885-6720

Saif Shahin Assistant Professor SOC - School of Communication

Saif Shahin joined the American University in August 2018. His scholarship focuses on critical data studies, social media studies, and global media and politics, and is underpinned by a normative comm

  shahin@american.edu

Sherri Williams Assistant Professor SOC - School of Communication

At the intersection of social media, social justice, reality television, mass media and how people of color use and are represented by these mediums is where you'll find Dr. Sherri Williams. Williams

  sherriw@american.edu