African & African American Studies

Discover and honor the contribution of Africans and their New World descendants in Western culture and society. Your studies will incorporate an analysis of historical and contemporary issues facing Africans or African Americans by integrating international perspectives, service learning, and traditional archival research. Faculty teaching African & African American studies courses include members of the expressive arts, humanities, and social sciences.


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African & African American Studies Program

Cornell Hall for the Social Sciences – Room 210
1000 Holt Ave. – 2762
Winter Park, FL 32789

Telephone: 407.646.2214

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Contact African & African American Studies Professors

  • Matthew Nichter, PhD

    Matthew Nichter, PhD

    Assistant Professor of Sociology

    Research interests: Relationship between the African-American freedom struggle, labor unions, and the socialist movement

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    Amy Armenia, PhD

    Professor of Sociology

    Research interests: Family, race and ethnicity, poverty and social welfare, and the challenges and contradictions faced by those who do paid care work

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    Shan-Estelle Brown, PhD

    Assistant Professor of Anthropology

    Research interests: Health disparities, acceptability of treatments, global health, HIV, addiction, sickle cell disease, and health-care innovation technology

  • Victoria Brown

    Victoria Brown, MFA

    Assistant Professor of English

    Research interests: Fiction and creative nonfiction, transnational literature with a focus on contemporary Caribbean writers and post-colonial theory

  • Nancy Decker, PhD

    Nancy Decker, PhD

    Associate Professor of German

    Research interests: German language, literature, and cultural history; German colonialism in Africa

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    MacKenzie Moon Ryan, PhD

    Associate Professor of Art History

    Research interests: History of African and global art, with particular interest in textiles, fashion, trade, colonialism, cross-cultural exchange, and museum studies

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    Paul Reich, PhD

    Associate Professor of English

    Research interests: Late 19th- and 20th-century American literature, African American literature, the American West, interdisciplinary studies, and popular culture