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Last Update: 1/23/14

Faculty

Full Time Faculty


Antwanisha Alameen-Shavers, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Office: AL 367
Phone: 619-594-3352
E-mail: aalameen@mail.sdsu.edu

Areas of Specialization: Afras 327, 455

Dr. Antwanisha Alameen-Shavers is originally from Richmond, California and is a proud alumna of San Diego State University. She received her Ph.D. in African American Studies from Temple University. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Africana Studies at San Diego State University and her Masters of Arts from The Ohio State University. Her research interests include the role of African women in African civilizations; the role of African American women in liberation movements in the United States; and Black female and male embodiment. She has presented her research at several conferences such as the Cheikh Anta Diop Conference, National Conference for Black Studies and Africana Womanism Conference. She is happily married to Dwayne Shavers.

 

Adisa A. Alkebulan, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Office: AL 365
Phone: (619) 594-5174
E-mail: AfricanaSDSU@aol.com

Areas of specialization: Pan-African Linguistics, African & African American history
Courses taught: AFRAS 170A, 170B, 240, 363, 380, 470, 471, 472, HUM 460

Dr. Adisa A. Alkebulan is an Associate Professor in Africana Studies at San Diego State University. He is a native of Cleveland, OH but also has strong roots in Philadelphia. He received his B.A. in Pan-African Studies from Kent State University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Temple University. He has also done research in Africa and Europe on language and colonialism He is a major contributor to the Encyclopedia of Black Studies and the Encyclopedia of African Religions. His work appears in several disciplinary journals as well as in anthologies on rhetoric and Malcolm X. Dr. Alkebulan is an active scholar currently engaged in several research projects for publication and presents his research at conferences throughout the country.


Francis Nesbitt, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Office: AL 373A
Phone: (619) 594-5756
E-mail: fnesbitt@mail.sdsu.edu

Areas of specialization: Politics of the African Diaspora, U.S. foreign relations (Africa, South Africa), Black intellectual history, brain drain
Courses taught: AFRAS 200, 270, 321, 333, 422

Francis Njubi Nesbitt is an associate professor of Africana Studies at San Diego State University. Previously, he worked as a reporter and sub-editor for the Daily Nation in Nairobi, Kenya; an investigative reporter for the Seattle Skanner in Seattle, Washington; and a reporter and copy editor for the Union-News and Sunday Republican in Springfield, Massachusetts. He is the author of Race for Sanctions (2004) and Politics of African Diasporas (2012). He has published numerous book chapters and articles in journals such as African Affairs, Critical Arts, Journal of American History, International Journal of Southern African Studies, African Issues, Mots Pluriels, Loccumer Protokolle, KulturAustausch, African World and Africa World Review. He is a regular contributor to Foreign Policy in Focus. His articles on Africa and foreign affairs are published in numerous newspapers and magazines around the world.


Charles Toombs, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Office: AL 367
Phone: (619) 594-6532
E-mail: ctoombs@mail.sdsu.edu

Areas of specialization: Africana literature (African American, African, and Caribbean), American literature, Black Queer Studies, Class and Urban Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, Neglected and Silenced Voices in Africana Studies, and Expressive Culture.
Courses taught: AFRAS 101A, 101B, 120, 200, 240, 260, 327, 331, 341, 365A, 365B, 421, 423, 485, 490

Dr. Charles Toombs has been a member of the department since 1991 and is currently the department's Academic Advisor and Chair. He has published works in refereed and scholarly journals and books and non-refereed publications include essays and articles on: James Baldwin, Samuel R. Delaney, Jessie Fauset, Rudolph Fisher, Josiah Henson, Nella Larsen, John Lewis, Terry McMillan, Gloria Naylor, Eugene Perkins, Kalamu ya Salaam, Joyce Carol Thomas, Wallace Thurman, Alice Walker, and Tom Weatherly.



Shirley Weber, Ph.D

Professor Emeritus
Office: AL 371
Phone: (619) 594-6550
E-mail: weber2@mail.sdsu.edu

Dr. Shirley Weber is a Professor Emeritus of Africana Studies. She has been a member of the department since its inception in 1972. Educated in the public schools of Los Angeles, she has a BA, MA and Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles in the area of speech communications. Dr. Weber is recognized nationally and internationally for her ground breaking work to establish the discipline of Africana Studies. 2002-2006 she served as president of the largest international organization of professionals in the field of Africana Studies, the National Council for Black Studies. She has served on the editorial boards of the Western Journal of Black Studies and the International Journal of Africana Studies.

Areas of Specialization: Marcus Garvey, Black nationalism, black language, Education of African American children.
Courses Taught: AFRAS 140, 332, 360, 362, 363, 380, 385

 

Part Time Faculty

Ajani Brown, M.F.A.
Lecturer
Office: AL 360

Ojore Bushfan, M.A.
Lecturer
Office: AL 360
E-mail: none

LaShae Collins, M.A.
Lecturer
Office: AL 373/369
E-mail: lashaecollins@cox.net

Delores Fisher, M.A.
Lecturer
Office: AL 360
E-mail: dfisher2@mail.sdsu.edu

Taylor McKenzie, Ph.D.
Lecturer
Office AL 369
E-mail: tmckenzie61st@aol.com

Anta Merritt, Ph.D.
Lecturer
Office: AL 369
E-mail: amerritt@mail.sdsu.edu

Bonnie Reddick, Ph.D.
Lecturer
Office: AL 360
E-mail: reddzbenz@cox.net


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