Director, Pan-African Studies and American Studies

Education: B.A. Oberlin, 1975; Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1982.

Areas of Specialization: African American History, American Studies, African History.

Current Research Interests: African American religious history. I am currently working on two manuscripts, “Civilizing Missions: African-Americans, Christianity, and Colonialism” and an edited book of essays, “The Fire and the Faith: The Oppugnant Tradition in African-American Religious Life.”

Courses Taught: American history surveys, African American history, Research Methods.


  • A Historical Dictionary of Civil Rights in the United States.
  • The Dictionary of Christianity in America, Black Women in the United States: An Historical Encyclopedia.
  • The Encyclopedia of African American Culture and History.

Awards and Other Academic Contributions:

  • Co-Chair, Curriculum Committee, New Jersey Amistad Commission.

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