Faculty List

The following faculty members teach and/or conduct research on people of the African Diaspora and/or related topics in their respective fields. Click on the faculty member's name to be directed to their webpage.

M. Abdelsalam


Dr. Mohamed Abdelsalam
Department of Geology
303AF Noble Research Center

Eliot Atekwana


Dr. Eliot Atekwana
Department of Geology
103F Noble Research Center

Estella Atekwana


Dr. Estella Atekwana
Department of Geology
103B Noble Research Center

M. Brienen


Dr. Marten Brienen
Department of Political Science
235 Murray

Dr. Brienen is interested in African history and African economic development.

R. Brienen


Dr. Rebecca Brienen
Department of Art
108 Barlett Center

A. carreiro


Dr. Amy Carreiro
Department of History
118 Murray

C. cordova


Dr. Carlos Cordova
Department of Geography
421 Murray

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Dr. Gail Gates
Department of Nutritional Sciences
314 Human Sciences

Understanding the nutrition-related issues of individuals in Africa, developing interventions to address these issues and training African professionals to identify and address these issues

A. greiner


Dr. Alyson Greiner
Department of Geology
326 Murray




Dr. Harounan Kazianga
Department of Economics and Legal Studies in Business
324 Business Building 

D. lightfoot


Dr. Dale Lightfoot
Department of Geography
326 Murray

K. McElroy


Dr. Kathleen McElroy 
Department of Multimedia Journalism and Sports Media
312 Paul Miller Building

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Dr. Lynne Simpson
102 McElroy Hall

Dr. Simpson is currently working with the Oklahoma Oral History Research Program to gather interviews from Oklahoma's Black towns. Her most recent writing is on  the psychological impact of slavery in current fiction.

B. Stoecker


Dr. Barbara Stoecker
Department of Nutritional Sciences
421 Human Sciences

Dr. Stoecker's current research focuses on maternal and child nutrition as well as micronutrient status.

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Dr. Chandra Story
Department of Leisure Studies
435 Willard Hall

Current research intesrest focuses on the intersection of social support and culture in health promotion programs; evaluation and assessment methods.



Dr. David Thomas
Department of Psychology
116 N. Murray

Current research interests focus on the impacts of early nutritional experiences on infant cognition in Ethiopia and the US; and the neural mechanisms underlying cognitive development throughout the lifespan; development of empathy and prosocial behavior in US and cross-culturally.

L. Ware

  Mr. Lawrence Ware
Department of Philosophy
255 Murray

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Dr. Craig Watters
Department of Entrepreneurship
101 Business Building

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Dr. Thomas Wikle
Department of Geography
372 Murray Hall & 201 Life Sciences East


Dr. LaRicka Wingate
Department of Psychology
116 N. Murray

Current interests include interpersonal causes, correlates, and consequences of suicidal behavior. Specifically, resilience, strengths, protective factors, suicide risk assessment, and suicidality in ethnic minority groups. Other interests include protective factors for minority group members and positive psychology. Teaching interests include clinical issues and black psychology.