obiri addo*E. Obiri Addo, Ph.D. (Drew University)

Adjunct Associate Professor of African Studies & Religious Studies
Phone:  (973) 408-3173

lisa brennerLisa Brenner, Ph.D.  (Columbia University)

Associate Professor of Theatre Arts
Phone:  (973) 408-3998
Biography:  Associate Professor Lisa S. Brenner received her Ph.D. in Theatre from Columbia University, where she was nominated for the Baron Dissertation Prize for her study of racial role-play in American performance. She has taught theatre courses at Columbia University, Fairleigh Dickinson University, and Montclair State University. As a playwright, several of her plays have been produced by Theatre Ariel in Philadelphia, including From the Narrow, which has been a regular part of the repertory since its premiere. Taking Names, a play she co-wrote about the struggles of a bi-racial family, was awarded “Best New Play” by All Out Arts and was produced in NYC in 2000. In 2007, she co-wrote and assistant directed Katrina: The K Word based on interviews conducted with residents of New Orleans. She is also the co-editor of Katrina on Stage, an anthology of plays responding to Katrina, including The K Word (Northwestern University Press). She has published several papers and given several presentations on race in American Theatre on topics such as minstrelsy, Amiri Baraka’s Dutchman, and the Broadway musical The Scottsboro Boys. At Drew she teaches a course on African-American Theatre as well as a community-based theatre course in which Drew students mentor high school students from the Newark Public Schools.
Particular interests: Contemporary American Theatre, Theatre and Racial/Religious Identity, Political Theatre.

allan dawsonAllan Dawson, Ph.D.  (McGill University)

Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Biography:  Allan Charles Dawson (Ph.D. McGill University) is Assistant Professor of Anthropology. His research is concerned with issues of ethnicity and identity in West Africa and in the African Diaspora; ethnicity and globalization; identity and violence; religious innovation; chieftaincy; and traditional religious practice in the West African Sahel. His recently published edited volume Shrines in Africa: History, Politics and Society explores the place of these loci of religious practice in marking out the cultural and ethnic landscape in Africa. His research is also concerned with issues of Blackness and Afro-American identity within the context of the broader Black Atlantic world. Dawson has conducted extensive ethnographic research in Brazil, Ghana, Benin and Nigeria.

lillie edwards*Lillie Edwards, Ph.D. (University of Chicago)

Professor of History and African-American Studies, (Director)
Phone:  (973) 408-3013

Deborah HessDeborah Hess, Ph.D. (University of Wisconsin)

Professor of French
Phone:  (973) 408-3339
Biography:  Deborah Hess, Professor of French and author of two books on PANAF studies in French, teaches courses on West Africa and the French Caribbean (one offered in English, “Paris, Dakar, and Port-au-Prince,” and one in French, “The Caribbean Triangle.”) On the Drew DIS she co-directed to Martinique, students met Aimé Césaire, the Martinique poet and politician. Her recent books, all in French, include one on the novels of Maryse Condé, a Guadeloupean writing living in New York and Paris (Maryse Condé: Mythe, parabole et complexité [Paris: L’Harmattan, 2011]) and one on French and Francophone poetry, including that of Édouard Glissant (Palimpsestes dans la poésie [(Paris: L’Harmattan, 2011]). Another book examines the ties between West Africa and the French Caribbean through the literary work of three writers: La poétique de renversement chez Maryse Condé, Massa Makan Diabaté et Édouard Glissant (Paris: L’Harmattan, 2006). All her books investigate the cultural context of the literature. She has done on-site research for all her books, in Kita and Ségou, Mali, West Africa, in Guadeloupe and Martinique, and at the Bibliothèque nationale in Paris. Professor Hess received her Ph.D. in French Literature from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Jennings_GeorgeGeorge-Harold Jennings, Ph.D. (Pennsylvania State University)

Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychology
Phone:  (973) 408-3392

McGuinnPatrick McGuinn, Ph.D. (University of Virginia)

Associate Professor of Political Science
Phone:  (973) 408-3425

mark miller*Mark Miller, M.M. (Juilliard)

Assistant Professor of Church Music and Composer in Residence
Director, Ubuntu Pan-African Choir
Phone:  (973) 408-3844

Keesha Moore, Drew University Professor, conducting Sociology class for prison inmates and regular University students at Edna Mann Women's Correctional Facility in Clinton, NJ.Kesha Moore, Ph.D. (The University of Pennsylvania)

Associate Professor of Sociology
Phone:  (973) 408-3170

Elias Aponte-Ortega*Elias Ortega-Aponte, Ph.D. (Princeton Theological Seminary)

Assistant Professor in Afro-Latino/a Religions & Cultural Studies
Phone:  (973) 408-3305

Susan Rosenbloom, Ph.D. (New York University)

Associate Professor of Sociology
Phone:  (973) 408-3335

sharon sundueSharon Sundue, Ph.D. (Harvard University)

Associate Professor of History
Phone:   (973) 408-3171

trevor westonTrevor Weston, Ph.D. (UC-Berkeley)

Associate Professor of Music





The PANAF Studies Advisory Committee includes all of the faculty listed above; the co-chairs of Kuumba, the Pan-African Students’ Association; the Housing Assistant (HA) of Umoja House; the two student assistants for Pan-African Studies; and two alumni/ae of the program.