Africa & African-American Studies


Learn more about the Africa & African-American Studies program faculty, which draws from a wide variety of academic departments and is committed to an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the people, institutions, and concerns linking African diaspora.

Matthew Nichter

Matthew Nichter

Assistant Professor of Sociology and Coordinator of Africa and African-American Studies

Cornell Social Sciences Building - Room 111

T. 407.646.2286

B.A. Brown University
M.A. University of Wisconsin
PhD. University of Wisconsin

Prof. Nichter is a historical sociologist interested in race, labor, and social movements. His research focuses on the African-American civil rights movement and its connections to the labor and socialist movements. 

Amy Armenia

Amy Armenia

Associate Professor of Sociology

Cornell Social Sciences Building - Room 115

T. 407.646.2277

B.S. University of Massachusetts Amherst
M.A. University of Massachusetts Amherst
Ph.D. University of Massachusetts Amherst

Dr. Armenia's research focuses on the intersection of family and work, including the challenges and contradictions faced by those who do paid care work.  She teaches courses on family, race and ethnicity, and poverty and social welfare.

Shan-Estelle Brown

Shan-Estelle Brown

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Cornell Social Science 101

T. 407.646.2646

B.A. Yale University
M.A. Old Dominion University
Ph.D. University of Connecticut

Dr. Brown specializes in medical anthropology and co-directs the Global Health minor.  Her research specialties include the patient-provider relationship, health disparities, chronic illness, self-treatment, acceptability of treatments, global health, HIV, addiction, sickle cell disease, healthcare innovation technology, healthcare user experience (UX).

Nancy Decker

Nancy Decker

Associate Professor of German

Hauck 202

T. 407.646.2410

B.A. in German, College of William and Mary
M.A. and Ph.D. in German Studies, Cornell University

Dr. Decker has focused her research on German colonialism in Africa.  She has traveled particularly to Namibia, a former Germancolony, to investigate German women to emigrated to what was then German  Southwest Africa.  She has also directed field studies to Namibia.

J. Scott Hewit

J. Scott Hewit

Associate Professor and Director of Teacher Education

Cornell Social Sciences Building - Room 243

T. 407.646.2300

B.S. SUNY Plattsburgh
M.S. Indiana University
Ed.D. Ball State Univeristy

Dr. Hewit teaches courses in instructional strategies, special needs, and curriculum.  His research interests include candidate impact on P-12 student learning, public policy, and education in Rwanda.

Ashley Kistler

Ashley Kistler

Associate Professor of Anthropology

Cornell Social Sciences Building - Room 105

T. 407.691.1707

B.A. Muhlenberg College 
M.A. Florida State University
PhD. Florida State University

Cultural and linguistic anthropology, Mesoamerica, the Maya, economic anthropology, kinship, gender, collaborative ethnography, Latin American and Caribbean courses.

Emmanuel Kodzi

Emmanuel Kodzi

Associate Professor of International Business

170 W. Fairbanks - Room 207

T. 407.646.1989

B.S./M.S. University of Science and Technology
M.B.A. University of Ghana
Ph.D. Purdue University
Post Doc. University of Florida

My passion is to inspire deep learning and come alongside students as they develop skills in evidence-based decision-making. My work in academia is preceded by over a decade in technical and executive roles, managing made-to-order office furnishing projects. I have now taught operations management and related subjects in 4 countries to undergrads, graduate students, and practicing executives representing over 30 countries. My research interests include international expansion, operational alignment in service and social businesses, and supplier performance improvement in emerging economies.

Susan Libby

Susan Libby

Professor of Art History

Cornell Fine Arts Center, Room 121D

T. 407.646.2448

M.A. University of Maryland
PhD. University of Maryland

European and American Art from the 18th through the 20th centuries; current research focuses on the visual and material culture of French Caribbean slavery.

Julia Maskivker

Associate Professor of Political Science

Cornell Social Sciences Building - Room 236

T. 407.646.2158

B.A. Political Science, Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Buenos Aires, Argentina
M.A., Political Science, Columbia University
M.Phil., Political Science, Columbia University
PhD. Political Science, Columbia University

Contemporary Analytic Social and Political Philosophy: Theories of Justice, Global Ethics, Ethical Foundations of Social Policy and the Welfare State; Democratic Theory, Modern Political Thought

MacKenzie Moon Ryan

MacKenzie Moon Ryan

Assistant Professor of Art History, Ward Faculty-in-Residence, Faculty Director of the Living Learning Community Program

Cornell Fine Arts Center, Room 121B

T. 407.646.2274

B.A. Hamline University
M.A. University of Florida
PhD. University of Florida

History of African and global art, with particular interest in textiles, fashion, trade, colonialism, cross-cultural exchange, and museum studies; research focuses on global networks of trade, African textiles and fashion, especially kanga cloth, and consumption of commodities to create conceptions of self.

Dawn Roe

Dawn Roe

Associate Professor of Art

Cornell Fine Arts Center, Room 106

T. 407.691.1241

B.F.A. Marylhurst University
M.F.A. Illinois State University

Photography and digital imaging courses that align with the practice and content of lens-based media. Research focuses upon temporality, memory and perception in relation to the camera image. Work is exhibited regularly throughout the U.S. and internationally.​

Claire Strom

Claire Strom

Rapetti-Trunzo Professor of History

Cornell Social Sciences Building - Room 203

T. 407.646.2270

B.A. Oxford University
M.A. Oxford University
PhD. Iowa State University


Zeynep Teymuroglu

Zeynep Teymuroglu

Assistant Professor of Mathematics

T. 407.646.2659

PhD. University of Cincinnati

Robert Vander Poppen

Associate Professor of Classical Art & Archaeology, Archaeology Program Coordinator

Cornell Fine Arts Center, Room 121A

T. 407.646.2602


Anca M. Voicu

Anca M. Voicu

Professor of Economics

Cornell Social Sciences Building -- Room 272

T. 407.691.1758

B.A. Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest (RO)
Post Graduate Certificate Université Catholique de Fribourg
Ph.D. The University of Birmingham

Tonia Warnecke

Associate Professor; Director, Social Entrepreneurship

Mills Memorial Hall – Room 308

T. 407.691.1285

BA, Rollins College
MA, University of Notre Dame
MPIA, University of Pittsburgh
PhD, University of Notre Dame

Dr. Warnecke is an economist specializing in international development processes and policy. She teaches courses on Global Development, Globalization and Gender, and Social Entrepreneurship. Her research is interdisciplinary and policy-oriented, focusing on gender and development issues.