Affiliated Members

Omofolabo Ajayi-Soyinka
Professor, Theatre, Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies
324 Blake Hall

Ph.D., University of Ile-Ife, Nigeria, 1987

Shawn Leigh Alexander
Associate Professor of African and African American Studies, Director of the Langston Hughes Center
785-864-5044
Room 9 Bailey Hall
Anthony Bolden
Associate Professor
785-864-3054
Bailey Hall, Rm 9
Randal Jelks
Professor of American Studies, Joint appointment in African and African American Studies
785-864-3054
Bailey Hall, Rm 9

Jelks is a graduate of South Shore High School (Chicago), the University of Michigan (BA in History), McCormick Theological Seminary (Masters of Divinity) and Michigan State University (Ph.D. in History); he is also an ordained clergy person in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Before joining the faculty of the University of Kansas, Professor Jelks taught at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Dorthy Lee Pennington
Associate Professor of African and African-American Studies, Associate Professor of Communication Studies
785-864-3054
Bailey Hall, Rm 9
Nicole Hodges Persley
Assistant Professor
785-864-2820
Murphy Hall, Room #302

Ph.D. University of Southern California, Los Angeles
African-America drama, performance, and culture, acting, hip-hop, women's and gender studies, solo performance and transnationalism.

Sherrie Tucker
Professor, American Studies, Editor, American Studies
785-864-2305
213 Bailey Hall


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