Diaspora, Social Health, and Worldview

Featured Curriculum - The department has two Featured Curricula: Literature & Aesthetics and Diaspora, Social Health, and Worldview

Diaspora, Social Health, and Worldview

(See the Department's additional Featured Curriculum on Literature & Aesthetics)

Courses

Introduction to Africana Studies
African American History
History of the African Diaspora
Global Diasporas
Women of Africa & African Diaspora
Cultures of Africa
Black Consciousness
Intro to African American Family
Caribbean History
Afro-Latin America
Caribbean Identities: Historical, National, and Transnational Perspectives
History of Caribbean Slavery
Rebels and Revolutions
Afro Caribbean Dance
West African Dance
African American Dance
Africana Theory & Methodology
African American Health Issues
Health in the African Diaspora
Science and Technology in the Africana Context
Health Discourses in Africana Writing
Early African Civilizations
Comparative Dance Expressions
Learning Paradigms African-American Child Development
Sex and Racism
Dimensions of Racism
African American Experience Sports
Africana World Literature
African Literature and Society
African American Folk Culture
World Literature in English


FACULTY and their RESEARCH in this saturated/immersion area
 

Dr. Jerome Taylor - Specialization in Educational Psychology, Community Development, and Transformation and Recovery.

ARTICLES & CHAPTERS

  • Taylor, J. (2005).  Achieving excellence in urban schools: pitfalls, pratfalls, and evolving opportunities.  Negro Education Review, 56 (4), 259-28.
  • Taylor, J. & Kouyate, M. (2003).  Achievement gap between black and white students:  Theoretical analysis with recommendations for remedy.  In A. Burlew, B. Guillermo, J. Trimble, & F. Leung (Eds.) Handbook of racial ethnic minority psychology. Thousand Oaks, CA:  Sage Publications.
  • Taylor, J., Jackson-Lowman, H., Obiechinca, C., & Lewis, M. (1999).  Diunital policy:  A proposal to enhance academic achievement in the inner city.  In R. L. Jones (Ed.) African American children, youth, and parenting.  Hampton, VA:  Cobb & Henry.
  • Taylor, J., Turner, S., & Lewis M. (1999).  Valucation:  Definition, theory, and methods.  In R. L. Jones (Ed.) Advances in African American psychology.  Hampton, VA:  Cobb & Henry.
  • Taylor, J. (1998).  Cultural conversion experiences:  Implications for mental health research and treatment.  In R.L. Jones (Ed.) African American identity development, v 2, 85-95.  Hampton, VA:  Cobb & Henry.
  • Taylor, J., Obiechina, C., & Harrison, S. (1998).  Toward a psychology of liberation and restoration: Answering the challenge of cultural alienation.  In R.L. Jones (Ed.), African American Mental Health, 283-301.  Hampton, VA:  Cobb & Henry.
  • Taylor, J., & Rogers, J. (1993).  Relationship between cultural identity and exchange disposition. Journal of Black Psychology, 9, 248-265.
  • Taylor, J., Henderson, D., & Jackson, B.B. (1991).  A holistic model for understanding and predicting depression in African American women. The Journal of Community Psychology, 19, 206-320.
  • Taylor, J., & Zhang, X. (1990).  Cultural identity in martially distressed and non-distressed Black couples.  The Western Journal of Black Studies, 14, 205-213.
  • Taylor, J., & Jackson, B.B. (1990a).  Factors affecting alcohol consumption in Black women:  Part I.  International Journal of the Addictions, 25, 1279-1292.
  • Terrell, F., Taylor, J., & Terrell, S. (1980).  Self concept of juveniles who commit Black on Black crimes.  Corrective and Social Psychiatry, 26, 107-109.
     

Dr. Christel N. Temple - Research in this curriculum considers the intersection of History and Literature, African and Diaspora Cultural Theory, Literature as Social Science, the Afro-European Experience, and Health Discourses Africana non-fiction and fiction writing.

BOOK(S)

  • Literary Pan-Africanism: History, Contexts, and Criticism (Carolina Academic Press, 2005).
  • Literary Spaces: Introduction to Comparative Black Literature (Carolina Academic Press, 2007).
  • An Atmosphere of Freedom: Transcendence and the Africana Literary Enterprise (Lexington Books, 2017).
  • The Theory of Black Cultural Mythology (in progress).
  • Hope of Healing:  Health Discourses in Africana Writing (in progress).

ARTICLES & CHAPTERS

  • “Broadway’s Aida: Deconstructing the Spectacle of an Aggressive Popular Eurocentrism” Africalogical Perspectives 2.2 (2005): 44-58.
  • “Strategies for Cultural Renewal in an American-based Version of African Globalism,” Journal of Black Studies 36.3 (2006): 301-317.
  • “Malcolm X and Black Cultural Mythology,” International Journal of Africana Studies 12.2 (2006): 213-221.
  • “Interpreting a Brighter Past: Molefi Kete Asante’s Prediction of Black Cultural Mythology” in Essays in Honor of an Intellectual Warrior, edited by Ama Mazama. Paris: Menaibuc, 2008. 191-226.
  • "Communicating Race and Culture in the 21st Century: Discourse and the Post-Racial/Post-Cultural Challenge," Journal of Multicultural Discourses, 5.1 (March 2010): 54-63.
  • "The Emergence of Sankofa Practice in the United States: A Modern History," Journal of Black Studies, 41.1 (September 2010): 127-151.
  • “The Cosmology of Afrocentric Womanism,” Western Journal of Black Studies 36.1 (2012): 23-32.
  • “Africana Literature as Social Science:  Applying the Demographic Literary Standard (DLS) to Works of August Wilson and Suzan-Lori Parks,” in Africana Studies (a serial), 7 (2016): 1-30.
  • “Transnational Afroeuropean Heritage:  African American Afro-Germans,” in AfroEuropean: An Edited Collection (forthcoming 2017).
     

Dr. Michele Reid-Vazquez

BOOK(S)

  • 2011. The Year of the Lash: Free People of Color in Cuba and the Nineteenth-Century Atlantic World, Athens: University of Georgia Press, Early American Places Series, 2011. 

ARTICLES & CHAPTERS

  • Forthcoming 2016. "Formidable Rebels: Slave and Free Women of Color in Cuba's Conspiracy of La Escalera, 1843-1844," Afro-Latin America: Rethinking Identity, Politics and Culture, Volume 1, Cuba 1790-1920, Aisha Finch and Fannie Rushing, editors, Baton Rouge: Louisiana State Press.
  • 2012. "Tensions of Race, Gender and Midwifery in Colonial Cuba," Africans to Colonial Spanish America: Expanding the Diaspora, Rachel O'Toole, Sherwin Bryant, Ben Vinson III, editors. Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2012, 186-205.
  • 2010. "Empire, Loyalty, and Race: Militiamen of Color in Nineteenth-Century Cuba," Documenting Latin America: Gender and Race, Empire and Nation, Volume 1, Erin E. O'Connor and Leo J. Garofalo, editors, Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2010, 498-513.
  • 2005. "The Yoruba in Cuba: Origins, Identities, and Transformations," The Yoruba Diaspora in the Atlantic World, Toyin Falola and Matt Childs, editors. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2005, 111-129.
  • 2004. "Protesting Service: Free Black Response to Cuba's Reestablished Militia of Color, 1854-1865," Special Issue, "Introducing the "New" African Diasporic Military History in Latin America," Ben Vinson III and Stewart King, editors, Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History 5, no. 2 (Fall 2004): 1-22.
     

Dr. Yolanda Covington-Ward

BOOK(S)

  • Gesture and Power:  Religion, Nationalism, and Everyday Performance in the Congo. Durham:  Duke University Press, 2016.  

ARTICLES & CHAPTERS

  • Yolanda Covington-Ward. “Your Name is Written in the Sky”: Unearthing the Stories of Kongo Female Prophets in Colonial Belgian Congo, 1921-1960” Journal of Africana Religions 2(3):317-346.
  • Yolanda Covington-Ward. 2013. “Transforming Communities, Recreating Selves: Interconnected Diasporas, Performance, and the Shaping of Liberian Immigrant Identity.”  Africa Today. 60:1. 
  • Yolanda Covington-Ward.  2012. “Vive l’ABAKO! Vive l’Independance!  Joseph Kasa-Vubu, ABAKO, and Performances of Kongo Nationalism in the Congolese Independence Movement,” Journal of Black Studies Vol. 41, No. 1: 71-93.
  • Yolanda Covington-Ward, Siatta Dennis, Katie Reding, Anthony Simpson, and Megan Willison. 2011. “The Socio-Demographic Characteristics of Recent Liberian Immigrants to the United States: An Update” Liberian Studies Journal Vol. 36(1): 25-52.
  • Yolanda Covington-Ward. October 2010. Book Review Essay: “Danced Nations, Performed Identities: Ethnographic Perspectives on Power and Performance in Africa.” Transforming Anthropology Vol. 18(2):207-210.
  • Yolanda Covington-Ward. 2007. “Threatening Gestures, Immoral Bodies: The Intersection of Church, State, and Kongo Performance in the Belgian Congo,” In Missions, States, and European Expansion in Africa. Chima Korieh and Raphael Njoku, eds. New York: Routledge Press. Pg 73-100.
  • Yolanda Covington-Ward. 2006. “South Bronx Performances: The Reciprocal Relationship between Hip-Hop and Black Girls’ Play.” Women and Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory Volume 16, No. 1: 117-132.
     

Dr. Michael Tillotson

BOOK(S)

  • Invisible Jim Crow: Contemporary Ideological Threats to the Internal Security of African Americans.  Trenton: Africa World Press, 2011.

ARTICLES & CHAPTERS

  • M. Tillotson, W.M. Doswell, & C.M. Phillips (2014). "Finding a Voice: An allocentric Worldview to Guide Effective Reduction of Behavioral Health Disparities in African Americans" Journal of African American Studies.
  • M. Tillotson, "Retrospective Analysis: The Movement Against African Centered Thought", The Journal of Pan African Studies, March 2011, Vol 4, No. 3, 155-174.
  •  M. Tillotson, "A Critical Location of the Contemporary Black Church: Finding a Place for the Word Formation", The Journal of Black Studies, May 2010, Vol. 40, No. 5, 1016-1030.
  • M. Tillotson, "Invisible Jim Crow": Institute for the Study of Race and Social Thought", March, 2007, Temple University.
  • M. Tillotson, "Black Intellectual Sovereignty in the Millennium", Africalogical Perspectives, December 2006/January 2007, Vol. 3/4, No. 1.    
     

Dr. Felix Germain

BOOK(S)

  • Decolonizing the Republic: African and Caribbean Migrants in Postwar Paris (1946-1974), Michigan State University Press (Spring 2016).

ARTICLES & CHAPTERS

  • "Mercer Cook and the Origins of Black French Studies" French Politics, Culture & Society (Spring, 2016).
  • "A "New" Black Nationalism in the United States and France" Journal of African American Studies, Volume 18, Number 3, (Fall 2014), pp. 286-304.
  • "The Earthquake, the Missionaries, and the Future of Vodou" Journal of Black Studies, Volume 42, Number 2, (March, 2011), pp. 247-263.
  • "In Search of Full Citizenship: The French West Indian Case (1848-2009)" Journal of Contemporary Thought, Volume 32, (Winter 2010), pp. 99-112.
  • "Jezebels and Victims: West Indian Women in Postwar France (1946-1975" in French Historical Studies, Volume 33, Number 3, (Summer 2010), pp. 475-495.
  • "Presidents of Color, Globalization, and Social Inequity" Journal of Black Studies, Volume 40, Number 3, (January 2010), pp. 445-461.
  • "Student Protests in the Black Atlantic of '68: Remembering Paris, Dakar, and New York" forthcoming in Elaine Carey, Protest in the Streets: 1968 Across the World (New York: Hackett Publishing, 2016).
  • “For the Nation and for Work: Black Activism in Paris of the Sixties" in Wendy Pojmann (Ed.), Migration and Activism in Europe since 1945 (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008).
     

Dr. Robin Brooks - Research and teaching areas include 20th and 21st century African American and Caribbean literatures as well as feminist theories and postcolonial studies.

ARTICLES & CHAPTERS

  • "Uptown and Downtown: A Conversation on Class Stratification with Diana McCaulay." Jamaica Journal  35. 1-2 (2014): 94-99.
  • "New Dance Steps to a Jamaican Beat: A Conversation with Olive Senior." Caribbean Women: Riding the Waves of Resistance. Spec. issue of ProudFlesh: New Afrikan Journal of Culture, Politics & Consciousness 8 (2013):61-68.
  • Review of Liberating Language: Sites of Rhetorical Education in Nineteenth-Century Black America by Shirley Wilson Logan. JAC: A Journal of Composition Theory 31.1-2 (2011): 390-394.
  • "Teaching Folk Culture: Images of the Nine Night Traditional Ritual in Zee Edgell's Beka Lamb and Michelle Cliff's Abeng." Digital Library of the Caribbean. October 2010. 
  • "Teaching Merle Hodge's Crick Crack, Monkey: A Lesson Plan." Digital Library of the Caribbean. October 2010. 
     

Dr. Abimbola Fapohunda

ARTICLES & CHAPTERS

  • Melanie T. Turk, Abimbola Fapohunda, Rick Zoucha: Using Photovoice to explore Nigerian Immigrants’ Eating and Physical Activity in the United States. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, Sep. 2, 2014.
  • Abimbola Fapohunda & Jerome Taylor: Addressing Consumer Access and Utilization in the Hill District among African Americans Using the Behavioral Health Initiative Model. Journal of Race and Policy. Special Edition. Accepted April, 2014.

Dr. Eric Beeko

ARTICLES & CHAPTERS

  • “African Musical Traditions and Practices: Past and Current Trends,” in (Re)Tracing Africa: A Multi-Disciplinary Study of African History, Societies, and Culture, edited by Salome C. Nnoromele and Ogechi E. Anyanwu, Dubuque: Kendall Hunt Publishing Co. 2012: 153-176.
  • “The Dual-Relationship Concept of Right-Ownership in Akan Musical Tradition: A Solution for the Individual and Communal Rights-Ownership Conflicts in Music Production,” International Journal of Cultural Property, Vol. 18, No. 3, 2011: 337-364.
  • “Toward a New Stylistic Identity: An Analytical Overview of Ghanaian Contemporary Choral Music,” in Composition in Africa and the Diaspora Series, Vol.2, edited by Akin Euba & Cynthia Tse Kimberlin, UK: MRI Press, 2010: 33-41.
  • Creative Processes in Akan Musical Cultures: Innovations within Tradition. Germany: VDM-Verlag Dr. Muller Aktiengesell Schaft & Co., KG. 2009. (Originally a Ph.D. Dissert., 2005).