Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York
African and African American Studies

Department Faculty

Amir Idris

Chair and Professor
Office: Lowenstein 414E (LC)
Phone: (212) 636-6180

Professor Amir Idris

Amir Idris is Chair of the Department of African and African American Studies and Professor of African History and Politics. Dr. Idris was born and raised in Sudan and educated in Sudan, Egypt, and Canada. He received his Ph.D. in African History from Queen's University, Canada, in 2000. He was a post-doctoral fellow at the Institute of African Studies, Columbia University, New York City (2000-2001). His teaching and research interests focus on the history and politics of colonialism, on slavery and race, and on postcolonial citizenship in Northeast and Central Africa. Among his recent publications include Identity, Citizenship, and Violence in Two Sudans: Re-imagining a common Future (2013), Conflict and Politics of Identity in Sudan (2005), and Sudan's Civil Wars: Slavery, Race, and Formational Identities (2001), and he has also published numerous book chapters.

Mark D. Naison
Dealy Hall 640 (RH)
Phone: (718) 817-3748

Professor Mark Naison
Mark D. Naison s Professor of History and African American Studies at Fordham University. He is the author of four books and over 200 articles on African American politics, labor history, popular culture and education policy Dr. Naison is the Principal Investigator of the Bronx African American History Project, one of the largest community based oral history projects in the nation and has begun work on an book of oral histories from the BAAHP, with Robert Gumbs, entitled Before the Fires: An Oral History of African American Life in the Bronx from the 1030’s to the 1960’s. His articles about Bronx music and Bronx culture have been published in German, Spanish, Catalan, and Portuguese as well as English. He has two books coming out this year, a novel Pure Bronx, written with Melissa Castillo Garsow, and a book of writings on education and youth activism, With a Brooklyn Accent, to be published by Haymarket Press.

When not doing historical research, Naison likes to play tennis and golf, post commentary on his blog “With a Brooklyn Accent” and make periodic forays into the media. During the last five years, he has begun presenting historical "raps" in Bronx schools under the nickname of "Notorious Phd" and was the subject of stories about his use of hip hop in teaching in the Daily News, Bronx 12 Cablevision, and Fox Business. . He also comments regularly on education issues through his blog and on LA Progressive, History News Network and The Washington Post “Answer Sheet”, and is one of the founders of three education activist sites on Facebook -“Dump Duncan,” “Occupy Teach for America” and the wildly successful “Badass Teachers Association.”

R. Bentley Anderson, S.J
Assoc. Chair and Assoc. Professor
Office: Dealy Hall 637 (RH)
Phone: (718) 817-3830
R. Bentley Anderson, S.J. is Associate Chair of the Department of African and African American Studies and Associate Professor of African and African-American Studies. A Jesuit from the New Orleans Province, Fr. Anderson’s research deals with the issue of race and religion in the southern United States and South Africa in the post-World War II period. He is the author of Black, White, and Catholic: New Orleans Interracialism, 1947-1956 (Vanderbilt 2005) and several articles that deal with Jim Crow Catholicism. His course offerings focus on Trans-Atlantic race relations, South African history, and Religion & Civil Rights in the United States.

Irma Watkins-Owens
Associate Professor
Office: Lowenstein 414D (LC)
Phone: (212) 636-6363

Professor Irma Watkins-Owens
Irma Watkins-Owens is author of Blood Relations: Caribbean Immigrants and the Harlem Community, 1900-1930 (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1996). She is currently working on a study of African American women, migration and community in New York City from 1898-1945. A shorter project examines African Caribbean Immigrants in Port Cities of the Nineteenth Century.

Dr. Watkins-Owens teaches courses in African American history, women's history, Atlantic migration and black identity. She will teach a new interdisciplinary seminar, Harlem Century, in the Fall of 2014. Dr. Watkins-Owens teaches graduate courses in the History Department on African American women’s biography and life-writing and Black Atlantic migrations.

Mark L. Chapman
Associate Professor
Dealy Hall 635 (RH)
Phone: (718) 817-3747

Professor Mark Chapman
Mark L. Chapman is Associate Professor of African and African American Studies and is currently involved in research about the black prison experience and its implications for black liberation theology. He seeks to contribute to a prophetic critique of the "criminal injustice" system, which has always incarcerated African American people at a highly disproportionate rate (blacks comprise roughly 13% of the U.S. population, but nearly 50% of the American prison population). While black theologians and church leaders have addressed many social, political and economic ills, they have not adequately confronted the incarceration binge and its impact on the African American community. His research seeks to address this crucial issue, paying special attention to the prophetic voices of prisoners themselves. Dr. Chapman is the author of Christianity on Trial: African American Religious Thought Before and After Black Power, and is the pastor of the Hollis Presbyterian Church in Queens, NY.

Fawzia Mustafa

Associate Professor
Office: Lowenstein 925C (LC)
Phone: (212) 636-6364

Professor Fawzia Mustafa

Fawzia Mustafa is Associate Professor and holds a joint appointment with the English and African American and African Studies Departments. She is also affiliated with the Comparative Literature Program and the Women’s Studies Program. She is the author of V.S. Naipaul (1995). Her current research projects include studies of development and Eastern African Literatures. Her teaching areas include African literatures, other postcolonial literatures, and minority discourses of the US.

Aimee Meredith Cox
Assistant Professor
Office: Lowenstein 426F (LC)

Aimee Meredith Cox is a cultural anthropologist and tenured professor of African and African American Studies at Fordham University. She received her PhD in Anthropology from the University of Michigan where she also held a postdoctoral fellowship with the Center for the Education of Women. Dr. Cox’s first book is Shapeshifters: Black Girls and the Choreography of Citizenship (Duke University Press, 2015). She is on the editorial board of The Feminist Wire and on the founding editorial board of Public: A Journal of Imagining America. She is also an executive board member of the Association of Black Anthropologists and former co-editor of Transforming Anthropology, the peer-reviewed journal of the ABA. Dr. Cox trained on scholarship with the Dance Theatre of Harlem, toured extensively as a professional dancer with the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble/Ailey II, and is the founder of The BlackLight Project, a youth-led arts activist organization that operates in Detroit, MI, Newark, NJ and Brooklyn, NY. Dr. Cox was a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow and 2013-2014 Visiting Professor in New York University’s Anthropology Department. She is currently working on two new book projects: the first on the ethnographic legacy of anthropology and dance pioneer, Katherine Dunham, and the second on the connection between embodied healing practices, collective identity, and community transformations in New York City.

Dr. Jane Kani Edward
Clinical Assistant Professor
Office: Dealy Hall 636 (RH)
Phone: (718) 817-3746

Professor Jane Kani Edward
Dr. Jane Kani Edward was born and raised in southern Sudan, and educated in Sudan, Egypt and Canada. Edward received her Ph.D. in Sociology in Education from the University of Toronto in 2004. Currently she is a Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of African Immigration Research, Department of African and African American Studies, Fordham University. She teaches course on African history, women in Africa and contemporary African immigration to the United States. Edward’s areas of research interest center on refugee and immigrant women’s experience, human rights and education, gender, race, class and representation, gender issues in conflict and post-conflict situations, and African immigration to the United States. Dr. Edward carried out research work among southern Sudanese refugees and internally displaced persons in Egypt, Uganda and southern Sudan. She is the author of Sudanese Women Refugees: Transformations and Future Imaginings,2007, and several book chapters and articles.

Claude J. Mangum
Emeritus Associate Professor

Professor Claude Mangum
Claude J. Mangum, Emeritus Associate Professor of African American Studies and History, specializes in African American and Caribbean history. His research interests and publications pertain to the education of African Americans, and the experiences of African Americans in the Catholic Church. Dr. Mangum complements his scholarly pursuits by his engagement in many community service activities; he serves as a trustee for both Uniondale Public Library and PLUS Group Homes (non-profit agency that runs residencies for adults with autism).

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