Faculty/Staff

Africana Studies Department - Faculty/Staff

Seth N. Asumah

Seth   N. Asumah
607-753-2064 (Office Phone)
607-753-5760 (Fax Number)
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Title(s):

  • Distinguished Teaching Professor

Department(s):

  • Africana Studies Department

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Lewis Rosengarten

Lewis Rosengarten
607-753-4808 (Office Phone)
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Title(s):

  • Lecturer, Doctor of Music
  • Director, EOP

Department(s):

  • Africana Studies Department
  • Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)

Paul Van Der Veur

Paul Van Der Veur
607-753-4399 (Office Phone)
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Title(s):

  • Department Chair
  • Professor

Department(s):

  • Africana Studies Department
  • Communication and Media Studies Department

Additional Info:

  • Education: PhD: Ohio University, International Media Studies MFA: Ohio University, 3D Design
  • Research Interests: Communication and Social Change; Representations of Africa
  • Background: Dr. van der Veur has more than 25 years of teaching experience and currently serves as chair of the communication and media studies department. He also coordinates the interdisciplinary program in cinema studies and is an active member of the Africana studies department. As a former Peace Corp Volunteer, Dr. van der Veur has been involved in many facets of international programming. His work lends itself to the creation of pro-social media, focusing on such issues as inclusive education, living with HIV, and environmental reclamation and sustainability.
  • Teaching Area: Media Production

Elizabeth Bittel

Elizabeth Bittel

Title(s):

  • Internship Coordinator
  • Assistant Professor

Department(s):

  • Sociology/Anthropology Department

Additional Info:

  • Specializations: Environmental Sociology, Social Dimensions of Disasters and Hazards, Environmental Justice, Ethnographic Methods, Sri Lanka, Body Modification (Tattooing)
  • Courses: Introduction to Sociology, Methods of Social Research I, Environmental Sociology, Environmental Justice, Social Dimensions of Disaster
  • Affiliated Departments: International Studies, Africana Studies

Mary A. Cannito-Coville

Mary A. Cannito-Coville

Title(s):

  • Associate Professor

Department(s):

  • Sociology/Anthropology Department

Additional Info:

  • Specializations: Collateral consequences of mass incarceration, youth involvement in gangs, the school-to-prison pipeline.
  • Courses: Sociology of policing, Corrections, Sociology of violence, and Crime & Inequality.
  • Affiliated Departments: Africana Studies

Richard Harris

Richard Harris
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Title(s):

  • Lecturer I

Department(s):

  • Africana Studies Department

Nikolay Karkov

Nikolay Karkov
607-753-2727 (Office Phone)
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Title(s):

  • Associate Professor

Department(s):

  • Philosophy Department

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Yomee Lee

Yomee Lee
607-753-5573 (Office Phone)
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Title(s):

  • Professor

Department(s):

  • Africana Studies Department
  • Kinesiology Department

Avanti Mukherjee

Avanti Mukherjee

Title(s):

  • Assistant Professor

Department(s):

  • Economics Department

Mechthild Nagel

Mechthild Nagel
607-753-2013 (Office Phone)
607-753-4114 (Fax Number)
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Title(s):

  • Professor

Department(s):

  • Africana Studies Department
  • Philosophy Department

Christopher Ortega

Christopher Ortega
607-753-5512 (Office Phone)
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Title(s):

  • Associate Professor

Department(s):

  • Africana Studies Department
  • Communication and Media Studies Department

Katie Palmer-Smith

Katie Palmer-Smith

Title(s):

  • Administrative Assistant Trainee 1

Department(s):

  • Political Science Department

Susan Rayl

Susan Rayl
607-753-5457 (Office Phone)
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Title(s):

  • Assistant Gymnastics Coach

Department(s):

  • Africana Studies Department
  • Kinesiology Department

Additional Info:

  • Research Interest: African American Sport History

Michael Tillotson

Michael Tillotson

Title(s):

  • Professor

Department(s):

  • Africana Studies Department

Prof. Bekeh Ukelina (He, him)

Title(s):

  • Director, Center for Gender and Intercultural Studies
  • Professor

Department(s):

  • Africana Studies Department
  • Center for Gender and Intercultural Studies (CGIS)
  • History Department

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