The American Studies Program
405D Faculty Memorial Hall
Rose Hill Campus, Fordham University
441 East Fordham Road
Bronx, New York 10458
Oneka LaBennett, Director
Office Hours: Monday 1:30-2:30pm in Dealy 638; Thursday 3:00-4:00pm in FMH 405D.
Oneka LaBennett is Associate Professor of African and African American Studies, and Women’s Studies. She is also Director of Fordham’s American Studies Program and Research Director of the Bronx African American History Project (BAAHP). LaBennett received her Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from Harvard University in 2002. Born in Guyana and raised in Brooklyn, New York, her teaching focuses on African Diasporic identities, popular youth culture, and West Indian migration. Under the auspices of the BAAHP, she is heading a hip hop history initiative which prioritizes uncovering women’s contributions to hip hop music and culture. Dr. LaBennett is the author of She’s Mad Real: Popular Culture and West Indian Girls in Brooklyn(New York University Press, 2011), which examines how Brooklyn’s West Indian adolescent girls strategically negotiate transnational racial and gender identities as they interact with American and Caribbean popular culture. She is co-editor of Racial Formation in the Twenty-First Century(University of California Press, 2012).
Jamie Bolker, Graduate Assistant
Office Hours: Monday 10:00-3:00pm, Tuesday 10:00-3:00pm, and Friday 9:30-2:30pm in FMH 405D.